The St. James golf team had their first tournament of the season as they made the trip to Union on Monday, Mar. 25. The young Tiger squad came away with a tie for fifth, shooting a 403 as a team.
St. James was led by Micah Bartle, who shot a +20 92 for the round. He finished his first varsity tournament with five pars for the day. Harrison Janes was three strokes behind with a 95 for the day. After a bumpy start on the front nine, Janes had four pars on the back nine to finish with a solid round. Returning State Qualifer Isaac Helterbrand had an up and down day, finishing with two pars and a 101 on the day. Jacob Rinehart came in with a 115 and Brockton West rounded out the lineup with a 124.
St. James finished with a team score of 403, tying for fifth with St. Clair. Helias won the tournament by a wide margin with a team score of 313. Borgia took second with a score of 337 and Francis Howell came in third with a team score of 353.
"This was the first golf tournament of the year! I was happy with the outcome, especially with the amount of good teams and players that we competed against," said head coach Kevin Conway. "We started off with some tough conditions with wind and cold, but as the day went on the weather got better and so did our scores.
"Micah and Harrison had solid rounds," continued the Tiger head coach. "Isaac had some good hols, but also had some tough holes. I expect him to bounce back and perform bette at our next meet."
St. James will host their first home dual of the year on Wednesday when they welcome Hermann, who finished the Union Tournament in ninth place. It will be a varsity only dual, as Hermann only has four golfers this season.