Wildcats battle wind at home tourney

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Cole Watts putts from just outside the green, getting his ball closer to the hole during play in the Cassville Invitational last Thursday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Coach seeing scores drop despite tough weather

A cold and bitter wind met about 75 golfers on Thursday at the Cassville Golf Club, where the Wildcats hosted 15 other teams in its invitational.

Jay Rogers, Cassville golf coach, said despite the weather, his team performed better than expected.

Bryson Hendrix plants a ball on the par 3 hole No. 11 green on Thursday at the Cassville Invitational. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

“We did better than we have previously,” he said. “I think three of our five lowered their scores. The 98 from Cole [Watts] is probably in the top 25 percent of the field. A score of 89 was the cutoff for the top 10.”

A Monett freshman, Jaxon Bailey, won the individual trophy with a 74. Marshfield won the team competition, with three golfers shooting in the 80s.

Rogers said although none of the Wildcats were near the top, he was impressed with their play.

“To play that well in these conditions was good and shows their improvement,” he said. “As a team, we were down 15 strokes compared to our last tournament. That is a little surprising based on the conditions, but we have done a lot of practice since that last tournament two weeks ago. Over that time, you expect scores to come down, and we had tough conditions Thursday, but I’m glad to see scores improve.”

With rain early in the week, Rogers said he hopes the team can get outdoors as much as possible to practice. In the meantime, the Wildcats will focus on what their coach sees as the biggest key to golf — the short game.

“I am a big proponent of having a good short game,” he said. “The better you are around the green, the more strokes you can save throughout the round.”

The Wildcats played in the Marshfield Tournament on Tuesday, and they hit the road again Thursday to play at Aurora.

“It looks like the weather will be good, and the course will be a little wet but not nearly as tough as last week,” he said. “So, we should improve our numbers a little bit across the board.”

Results for the Wildcats Thursday include:

• Cole Watts, 51-47, 98

• Lucas Hall, 53-52, 105

• Drew Dickinson, 55-56, 121

• Andrew Gray, 67-62, 129

• Bryson Hendrix, 64-57, 121

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