The Rolla and Newburg golf teams each took part in the Waynesville Invitational on Monday, April 15. Both schools sent a pair of teams and found a lot of success, as Rolla's A squad finished second and their B team took fourth, while Newburg's teams finished in sixth and 12th.
The format of the tournament was a welcome change of pace, as team team had two individual scorers, a best ball team and a pair of players scrambling. That led to varied styles of play for all of the golfers in the 16 team tournament.
Rolla's top team came in second place overall led by a great finish from Jeriah Jordan. As one of Rolla's two individual scorers, he finished with a 79, one stroke away from being a medalist. He finished in fourth place overall. The other individual scorer for Rolla's A team was Evan Colench, who shot a 90 in the day. Their best ball team was Nate Pulliam and Jack Gesualdi and the duo finished with a score of 82. Finally, the A team scramblers, Evan Moore and Logan Choi, shot an 82. That gave Rolla a team score of 333. They finished second to Lebanon's 317 and six strokes ahead of third place Osage.
Rolla's B team also had an excellent showing. That team was individually led by Trace Giesler, who finished in an overall tie for sixth by shooting an 87. Mason Hays was the other individual golfer for the B team, as he shot a 90 for the day. The best ball pair was Benjamin Colench and Wyatt Bahr, who combined to shoot an 83 on the day. The scramble team of JL Anore and Bryce Wrightman shot a 91 to round out Rolla's team score of 351, which put them in fourth place overall.
Newburg's A squad wasn't far behind Rolla's B team, finishing in sixth place overall. Trevor Radcliff was their top individual golfer, as he shot an 87 to tie Rolla's Giesler for sixth. Ryan Harris then shot a 107 as Newburg A's other individual golfer. The team's best ball grouping was Caleb Austin and Justin Cantu. The duo shot 111 on the day. Rounding out things for Newburg's A team was the scramble pairing of Hunter Mentola and Cole Davis, who shot an excellent round of 89 to give the Wolves a team score of 394.
Newburg's B squad had Gunner Pound and Elliot Shepard play individually. Pound shot a 131 and Shepard shot 123. Their best ball duo shot 126, while their scramble team shot 106. Newburg's B team had a team score of 486.
Rolla followed the tournament with a matchup against Osage on Tuesday, but results weren't available at press time. Next up for the Bulldogs is the Ozark Conference Tournament on Monday, April 22. Next up for the Newburg is the Crocker Tournament on Wednesday.