The Waynesville golf team made the trip to the Lake of the Ozarks twice this week for a pair of matches. First they played a tri in Camdenton on Wednesday, before playing a quad at Osage.
The Waynesville Tiger golf team traveled to Camdenton to take on the Lakers and the Iberia Rangers at Lake Valley Country Club. The cold, windy weather followed us again, as early sunny skies ended in a 16 degree temperature change and low 40 temperatures during our match. The course known in the Lake area as having the fastest greens, proved to be just that tonight as scoring was difficult around the greens. After some highly competitive match's, the Lakers came out on top with a team score of 188, Iberia 200, and the Tigers in at 212. Camdenton's Spencer Mehville was the meet medalist with a 7 over par 43.
The Tigers were really inconsistent tonight from tee to green. We had some struggles keeping the ball in the proper fairway and chipping and putting around the fastest greens they have seen all season. Lake Valley is not a difficult or long course from tee to green, but accuracy and short game are musts in order to shoot a low score. I am sure the winds and temperatures affected play a bit, but at this point in the season they have learned to overcome the weather. It was just one of those nights when all the players, except one, had their struggles.
That one player was freshman Ben Whitten who shot a team low 44. This was a great score for Ben, as it was his season low and gives him a lot of confidence on a course he will see in 2 weeks at the Class 4, District 5 tournament. I had him make one minor swing adjustment and told him to take the break out of the medium and short puts by hitting them more firm. It paid, off as he putted the best he has all season. As for the team, we continue to hover around the 212 mark all season on 9 hole matches. I am hoping after seeing this course, the players who will be competing at the district tournament will understand what skill sets they need to work on over the next 2 weeks in order to prepare.
The Waynesville Tiger golf team then played in a quad golf match on Thursday at Osage National versus Osage, Lebanon, and Rolla. We finally got a break with the extreme temperatures and high winds as the night was breezy and just a bit chilly. The course was in excellent shape and it turned out to be a very close contest as Osage nipped Lebanon with team scores of 155 to 156. Rolla finished 3rd at 163 and the Tigers came in at their 9 hole season average of 211. The individual medalist was Osage's Ethan Kline with an even par 36.
The Tigers were once again led by freshman Ben Whitten with a 45. Ben has now played all the main courses he will see over his high school career and has steadily improved his play and gradually improved his scoring. He has a little work to do on playing smarter off the tee and being more accurate with his approach shots, but he is primed to turn in a great effort at both the upcoming conference and district tournaments.
The Tigers will next play at the Ozark Conference Tournament at The RiverCut Golf Course in Springfield on Monday, April 23rd.