COLUMBIA — No trampoline is safe from the Rock Bridge boys junior varsity golf team.
Especially when one is so close to the fourth green at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course.
The next match for Rock Bridge and Hickman will be at the Columbia Classic.
WHEN: April 4, 9 a.m.
WHERE: A.L. Gustin Golf Course
Senior Curtis Gardner needed a way to celebrate his eagle on the 296-yard par-4 fourth hole and claimed he was going to jump on that trampoline.
His monster drive reached the green, almost four feet away from the hole. He sank the putt and took off running.
“Curtis, were you kind of loud out there?” Rock Bridge coach Doug Daniels asked after the round.
“I made an eagle. Of course I’m going to get loud,” Gardner said.
The Rock Bridge varsity team shot 155 and the junior varsity team shot 162, both beating the Kewpies varsity team's 163 on Tuesday.
Last year, the Bruins varsity team finished second in the state tournament, and the junior varsity team went undefeated.
In the first match of the year for Rock Bridge and Hickman, the Rock Bridge junior varsity team was unsure of who they were playing. Hickman decided not to field a junior varsity team.
“We really don’t have a JV team right now,” said Kewpie coach Carol Kyd. “We have four freshman this year, two that have never played before. They haven’t played enough to compete, but they will definitely be competing later on in the season."
As the junior varsity Bruins walked on to the course with the varsity teams, they were greeted by strong gusts of wind.
The wind would have eaten at many golfers' confidence, but the Bruins junior varsity players simply shrugged it off.
“I say we play out-of-bounds as in-bounds,” joked Harry Schauwecker, who shot a 40, tied with Jackson Dubinksi for the lowest junior varsity round.
“Those boys have been around each other for a long time,” Coach Daniels said about his junior varsity squad. “Whether it’s during the season or not, they play a lot, and it shows.”
Even though Gardner's eagle didn't lead to a record-breaking round — he finished with a 43 — it was the talk of the tournament.
In the end, Gardner thought better of it. Simply running up and touching the trampoline was enough. His celebration was ultimately restrained.
The trampolines are safe for another day.