The Tigers boys' golf team finishes third in a match in Lebanon, but their coach says he was pleased with the improvements he saw out of his young group

In a match on Monday that Waynesville's coach Rube Dowell said was more fitting for a polar golf match, the Tiger boys' golf team began it's season with a third place finish in a triangular match between WHS, Lebanon and School of the Osage.

With temperatures in the 30s and drizzling rain that turned into snow every so often, the three teams fought through it all to finish the meet.

Lebanon came out with the best team score, posting a 168. Osage finished second with a score of 196 and Waynesville came in with a total of 235.

While the scores won't exactly rouse excitement from anyone, Dowell said they do actually make him proud.

“Of our eight participants, only junior Wade Howser has more than one year of experience,” Dowell said. “Howser completed his round in 47 strokes, just six behind meet medalist Aaron Shoemaker of Lebanon.”

Dowell also said all of his golfers finished well below their season scoring average, which was a pleasant surprise for the first year head coach.

“I was anticipating only Howser to finish below double par, but all of them did,” Dowell said. “That shows that their hard work in practice is paying off.”

The Tigers have 14 golfers this season, with nine of them coming in as freshman.

Two of them took swings on the varsity squad on Monday — Fred Boone and Kevin Barrett— and both posted rounds of 62. Those marks are good for second lowest score on the team.

“Those two young men really played their hearts out and gained a lot of valuable knowledge for the futre,” Dowell said. “I am looking forward to a great season with all of these young men. It is truly a treat to get an opportunity to coach so many new players and to be a part of their development.”