The Waynesville Tigers traveled to Bolivar and took on the Liberators in the Bolivar Invitational Golf Tournament, which was held at Siloh Ridge Country Club. The Tigers were able to place 10th in the tough meet as a team.
Head Waynesville Golf Coach Rube Dowell said this after he was asked about the team's progress and weather, “The weather was fair and the sun shined at the same time on a very good golf course. The course was in good shape and the players are starting to hit midseason form with the temperatures rising. That formula is making for some very entertaining play. The tournament was won by the Lebanon Yellowjackets and the tournament medalist was Lebanon's Cooper Hess with a very good 1 over par, 73.”
The Tigers have a very young team this season and freshman Ben Whitten stepped up on Monday to lead the team. He shot a 98 on the day. Aaron Choi shot a 110, and Max Reyes was just behind him with a 115 in the warm weather. AJ Cabanes shot a 119 on the course, while Cody Caple shot 131.
Dowell said this about the team, “The team continues to get better as we dropped 33 strokes from last week's MSU Relays score of 475 down to a 442 today. That is also 13 strokes better than last year's invitational score of 455.”
When Dowell was asked about who the most improved performer on the day, he said this, “Junior Max Reyes was a big contributor to the decrease in our team score. He struggled with a 139 last year at this tournament and was able to lower his score 24 strokes this year. He chipped and pitted much better today as he has been working very hard to improve his short game. He realizes there are still many things he still needs to work on, but he has continued to improve throughout the season.”
Dowell also added this, “Freshman Ben Whitten's play was much improved as he has set his goals to managing the course, hitting shots he is capable of hitting and playing the course instead of his competitors.”
The Waynesville Tigers will travel to the Laker Invitational on today at The Club at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton. They will have a chance to compete against several Ozark Conference teams.