Wildcats place second in home quadrangular

By: 
Theo Tate

Montgomery County junior Nick Saak attempts to make a putt in hole No. 3 during a quadrangular match against Warrenton, Van-Far and Silex on April 22 at Montgomery County Golf Club. Saak shot a 44 to lead the Wildcats. THEO TATE PHOTO

Nick Saak had reason to be thrilled when he turned in his scorecard after Montgomery County’s quadrangular match against Warrenton, Van-Far and Silex on April 22 at Montgomery County Golf Club.

The MCHS junior turned in his best performance of the season in the match, shooting a nine-over-44 with four pars. He also was the Wildcats’ top scorer for the first time this season.

“I guess it was a good day to play golf,” Saak said.

Saak helped the Wildcats finish second by just three strokes to Warrenton in the quadrangular match. MCHS finished with a four-player score of 186.

Warrenton, led by a three-over-38 from Shane Brosenne, won the match with a 183. Silex placed third with a 197 and Van-Far came in fourth with a 229.

The Wildcats, who played their third and last home match of the season, improved to 11-4 in dual-match play. They were scheduled to play another dual match against Silex on April 27.

MCHS was coming off a second-place finish in the Elsberry Tournament on April 19. Five days before, the Wildcats finished as runner-up in the Warrenton Tournament.

“We have a team of juniors and sophomores, so we’re young and we all like being around each other,” Saak said. “It works out well. We’re all good golfers. It’s nice to have a team like this and we’re only going to get better.”

Also for the Wildcats, sophomore Keaton Reagan finished with a 45 with four pars, junior Keenan James shot a 46 with three pars and juniors Logan Hutcheson and Hayden Francois each finished with a 51.

Saak, who was the Wildcats’ No. 5 golfer for most of the season, got off to a slow start in the quadrangular match, double-bogeying his first two holes at No. 9 and No. 1 before making four straight pars.

“I had a nice streak,” Saak said. “I was chipping good. Everything went well. I just had a good day.”

The junior said he was determined to turn in a strong performance after finishing a 109 at the Warrenton Tournament.

“After the 109 in Warrenton, I needed a good day,” Saak said. “Today was my rebound.”

Now, Saak is looking to help the Wildcats finish with an outstanding showing at the Class 2 district tournament, which is scheduled for May 10 at Norwoods Golf Club in Hannibal.

“Hopefully, we could go far as a team and not just individuals,” Saak said. “We’ve got a good team and we should give people a run for their money.”

Hutcheson and James earned medals for the Wildcats at the Elsberry Tournament. James placed 14th and Hutcheson came in 15th. Both shot an 88. 

MCHS, which won the tournament title in 2019, finished with a 365, 10 strokes behind champion Clopton.

 

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