MCHS places second at Warrenton Invitational

By: 
Theo Tate

Keenan James makes a chip shot at the No. 5 hole during the Warrenton Golf Tournament on April 14.  THEO TATE PHOTO

Two months ago, Logan Hutcheson was at a hospital nursing a broken arm.

Now, after three weeks, the Montgomery County junior is one of the top players on the school’s golf team.

Hutcheson turned in his best performance of the season on April 14 at the Warrenton Golf Tournament, placing fifth with an 83 to lead the Wildcats in the nine-team Red Division. He also earned a medal.

“I started off pretty cold,” Hutcheson said. “I double bogeyed in my first hole. I wanted to get my score back to par. I started catching on a roll on the front nine. I did really well in my front nine. On the way back through, I shot many pars in a row. I’m glad I could do that.”

Hutcheson also helped the Wildcats finish second with a four-player score of 359. St. Charles West won the Red Division title with a 333.

“We have some room to improve,” MCHS coach Robert Ripperdan said. “We had a good score. We should always be in the top five in any tournament we play in. We just had a couple of strokes that we left on the table out there.”

Junior Keenan James and sophomore Keaton Reagan also earned medals for MCHS. James placed sixth with an 84 and Reagan finished 12th with a 92. The top 15 individuals received medals at the Warrenton tournament, which was held at the Warrenton Golf Course.

Also for the Wildcats, junior Hayden Francois shot a 100 and junior Nick Saak finished with a 109.

MCHS played its first tournament of the season. St. Charles, Warrenton, Fort Zumwalt South, Orchard Farm, O’Fallon Christian, Wright City and Winfeld were the other teams that competed in the Red Division.

“We were second in a pretty tough field,” Ripperdan said. “We’ll see some of these teams again. It was a good chance for us to see where we are. We have some stuff to work on, but I think we’re in pretty good shape.”

Hutcheson broke his left arm during a basketball game against Wellsville-Middletown on Feb. 8, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.

“It did not feel good,” Hutcheson said. “It took about eight weeks to heal up.”

In late March, the junior returned for his second season with the MCHS golf team, even though he was still in pain from his arm injury.

“I knew I was going to come back, but I didn’t know if I was going to come back fully recovered,” Hutcheson said. “I thought I would be sore for a while. I didn’t know I was going to come back this early, but I’m glad I did.”

Hutcheson missed the season-opening match against Hallsville and South Callaway on March 29, but played against Wright City the following day at Innsbrook Golf Course and shot a 46. 

He also fired a 44 against Wright City and Silex on April 9 at the Montgomery County Golf Club and a 45 against Elsberry and Wright City on April 8 at the Sun Valley Golf Course.

At the Warrenton Tournament, Hutcheson was one of seven golfers who shot under 90.

“He’s been getting much better since he got out of the cast,” Ripperdan said.

Hutcheson has been playing golf for eight years. When he was a freshman, he was one of four MCHS golfers who qualified for sectionals.

“I really enjoy golf,” said Hutcheson, who also played football in the fall. “It’s relaxing, compared to all of the other sports. It’s held towards the end of the year, so you can just chill out, relax and play some holes.”

 

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