A week before the district tournament is a bad time for a golfer to shoot his worst round in three years, but don’t tell that to Josh Brady. A day after shooting 94 in Jefferson City, Brady rebounded to lead Hickman in a 150-165 victory against Mexico on Tuesday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.
The dual outing pitted Hickman pairings against Mexico pairings in nine holes. The five best individual scores were totaled for a team score.
Brady and teammate Kyle Kovar shot 36 to lead the individual field.
Brady was happy to be back to his regular form. Before his breakdown in Jefferson City, Brady had established himself as one of Hickman’s strongest golfers.
“I don’t know what happened (Monday),” Brady said. “I just wanted to rebound and build some confidence this time out. I know it’s going to take a few more good rounds, but all I’m really trying to do is get some good confidence going into districts.
“It was in my head last night, but I just went out and started playing good and it got a little bit better. I still didn’t feel good today, but it was a lot better than (Monday).”
Hickman coach Clark Swisher said a dual format is designed to help golfers concentrate and build confidence. He said that is what Hickman needed.
“In a dual like this, you’re only concerned with one other team,” Swisher said. “You’re focused on the course rather than wondering what 85 other guys are doing. Duals are fun because there’s not quite as much pressure. Everybody plays off each other and they play well.”
Hickman’s D.J. Chung, paired with Brady, played well but struggled on the green. Chung and Brady, juniors, have played together all the three years at Hickman and they seem to be the Kewpies’ best chance at individual places in the district tournament May 7 in Sedalia.Chung finished with 40. His low point came on the eighth hole when he pushed a 2-foot putt and bogeyed the hole.
“D.J. will come back tomorrow with a good round, I guarantee it,” Brady said. “The type of guy he is, he’ll go home and work on his putting. His putting is normally awesome. I had a bad round (Monday), he had a bad round today. He’ll get over it.”