The Hickman boys’ golf team has high expectations. If Monday’s results from the Columbia Classic are any indication, they should.
The Kewpies finished tied for second with Chaminade. Each school posted a 286, one stroke behind Rockhurst’s 285.
“I’m very pleased with the way the kids played,” Hickman coach Clark Swisher said. “As a team, nobody went crazy and shot really low, but we persevered and that’s what it’s going to take.
“We need five or six players who can stay steady and consistent. This was a good test for our kids early in the year. They know where they’re sitting in regards to other players in the state.”
Hickman senior D.J. Chung, continued to perform at a high level. He tied for medalist by finishing even on the par-70 course at A.L. Gustin. Chaminade’s Zach Pranger matched Chung.
“He’s very consistent,” Swisher said. “The best part of his game is his course management. He doesn’t try to make up bad shots all at once. If he bogeys one hole, he tries to birdie the next one. He tries to hang around par all the time. It’s impressive to see a kid at that age stay as focused as he does. After all, consistency is the mark of a good golfer.”
Rock Bridge held its own in a meet that featured many perennial powers. The Bruins finished in a tie for fifth with Hannibal at 302, four strokes behind fourth-place Rolla.
Junior Thomas Schuenemeyer led the Bruins with an 8-over-par 78 to tie for 11th. Sophomore Joe Neal was right behind, shooting a 9-over-par 79 to tie for 15th.
Each coach designated six golfers for potential scoring. Two played individual competition in the normal manner and both of their scores counted towards the team score.
Each also had two golfers play a best-ball format and two play a scramble format with the lowest in each format counting towards the team totals.
“It’s kind of hard to judge how everyone does because of the scoring format, but the best teams should still score better,” Rock Bridge coach Doug Daniels said. “I thought we did OK. Thomas and Joe were disappointed, they can do better and they know that.”