The Waynesville Tigers Traveled to Springfield on Thursday and competed in the Missouri State University Relays at the Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course.
Head Waynesville Tigers golf coach Rube Dowell said this about the weather, “The day was chilly, if not downright cold at times. But at least we finally had some dry weather to play in. The course was in good shape and the players were all glad to get playing again as most schools were limited in their practice days over the last two weeks due to the cold and wet conditions.”
Kansas City Rockhurst edged out the Lebanon Yellowjackets with a score of 308 to 311. Liam Coughlin from Rockhurst out of Kansas City was the individual winner with a score of one over a par 71. Waynesville shot a 475 as a team.
Coach Dowell said, “ We were nine strokes better than last year's score.”
Aaron Choi led the Tigers with a score of 104. He improved six strokes over last years scored at MSU. Ahmed Amjed, Ben Bibb, and Archer Hedgepath all shot a 124 on the day. Cody Caple shot a 123.
Coach Dowell said this about playing young players, “Once again this year I took a nucleus of younger players to this tournament to see who I may have that is tournament savvy. All of the sophomores improved from last season's tournament score or from play from this year. These are positive signs that they are inching closer to making more consistent swings from tee to green. I saw much improvement in their short games today, which is a big reason for the lower scores. I am asking each player to use a routine around the greens to aid in lowering their scores. In most cases the attempt was there, but it will take more time and practice to make it natural.”
Dowell was also impressed by his players this season. He said this about their growth this season, “I am encouraged by the great efforts and attitudes with all of my players this season, but especially in sophomore Cody Caple. His day started off rough, but as I walked and worked with him he kept improving as he gained confidence. This is what is needed out of all my players as we build a solid team over the next few years. Thanks Cody for your grit and determination to improving your game.”
The Waynesville Tigers will travel to Bolivar today for the Bolivar Invitational followed by the Laker Invitational on the 11th at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton.