COLUMBIA — After two years with the Rock Bridge boys golf team, Hickman had a chance to win back the Columbia Country Club grudge match trophy.
The Hickman-Rock Bridge Playoff at Columbia Country Club, which was established in 2007, was held Friday. The annual match was created by the schools' coaches and since then its been a highlight of the season.
“Me and Clark Swisher, Hickman’s coach, got together and thought we ought to have a traveling trophy, grudge match,” said Rock Bridge coach Doug Daniels. “We thought the kids would like doing that.”
The playoff is also the teams’ only match play event of the season. Instead of individual scores, Hickman and Rock Bridge separate into six groups with members of both teams in each group.
“The kids like to play match play,” said Daniels. “It takes a little pressure off, they don’t have to worry about every single shot.”
Scores are based on the number of holes each team wins, not the total number of strokes per team.
Rock Bridge was able to beat Hickman by winning holes in each of the six groups, ending the day with a 6-0 win. Hickman had taken possession of the trophy in 2007 and 2008, but has failed to win it back since.
Hickman senior Cruz Buchanan has competed in the playoff since 2008 and hoped to take back the trophy from Rock Bridge.
“I’ve been here for most of the matches,” said Buchanan. “I definitely wanted to win it, but I was hitting my tee shot pretty bad, that’s where I really struggled. I feel like if I’d hit my tee shots better it would have been a better competition.”