Chaz Taibi endured his share of golf’s ups and downs in one round.
The Raymore-Peculiar senior struggled through double- and triple-bogeys, but he also made three birdies, two on long putts, during a warm and windy afternoon. But through the highs and lows, he maintained an even keel.
At the end of the round, Taibi shot 81, good enough to earn all-conference honors at the Suburban Gold Conference Boys’ Golf Tournament on April 23 at Adams Pointe Golf Club in Blue Springs.
“I had a lot more birdies this round than I usually do,” Taibi said. “But I also had a lot more double and triple bogeys. I just had to scrape up some pars and knock down a couple of long putts for birdies.”
Taibi recorded his first birdie on the par-5 second hole. He stuck his approach 7 feet from the pin and putted from there midway through his round then followed that by sinking a 17-foot putt for his third birdie.
“I curled it in,” Taibi said. “It felt pretty nice.”
Ray-Pec golf coach Paul Carvan said Taibi had the kind of round he’s learned to expect from him all season. He said Taibi, who finished one stroke shy of his season-best, showed why he’s been the Panthers’ most consistent scorer.
“I think part of that is his senior leadership and his ability to keep his emotions under check and go out and put close to his best performance each and every time,” Carvan said. “He’s been steady for us all year.”
Taibi, who finished ninth, was the only Ray-Pec golfer to crack the top 10 and make all-conference. Chase Martel’s 88 was the Panthers’ second-best score followed by Cole Stocking (95) and Mason Anthius (97) for a team total of 361. Jack Brown’s 98 was the Panthers’ fifth score.
Carvan said some of his players had trouble staying focused, because they were dealing with the recent death of a classmate. One of the Panthers also recently lost a friend in a car accident.
“We’re dealing with a little bit of loss here and there,” Carvan said. “The kids weren’t 100 percent focused today, and I think it showed a little bit.”
Ray-Pec finished seventh in the team standings. Lee’s Summit West, led by medalist Charlie Russell’s 4-over par 76, edged Blue Springs South 324-325 for the team title. Lee’s Summit placed third at 337.
Park Hill (347), Lee’s Summit North (349) and Blue Springs (350) also finished ahead of the Panthers.
“We did fairly decent,” Carvan said. “The other schools are really good. We’ve just got to be better.”
Roosters win MRVC West
Pleasant Hill took first place in the MRVC West tournament at the Mules National Golf Club in Warrensburg.
The Roosters beat Excelsior Springs 337-360 for the team title with Grain Valley checking in third (364).
Jack Stone shot 81 to lead Pleasant Hill and claim medalist honors, while Jordan Hamlin tied for second, Trey Stone tied for fourth and Evan Brons tied for eighth.