Cavs on roll entering district golf tourney

By Michael Davison

Globe Sports Writer

Like last year, Thomas Jefferson's golf team heads into the district tournament on a roll.

The Cavaliers hope their fortunes will be different today than last year, when they finished third two days after winning the Ozark 8 Conference Tournament.

"I and our No. 4 player didn't shoot well," said Thomas Jefferson senior Todd Scacewater. "Matt Crossland and Sam Simpson went to state as individuals. The good thing is we didn't lose a player.

"For me, No. 18 was a train wreck."

Defending champion McAuley Catholic and College Heights will join Thomas Jefferson and eight other schools at the Class 1 District 5 tournament at Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course. The top team and top 10 individuals not on that team will advance to the state meet May 16-17 at Island Green Golf Course in Republic.

The Cavaliers won an 18-hole dual against the Warriors, who were without seniors Ryan Wilmes and Eric Braeckel, and the Cougars on Monday.

"We've practiced there all year whenever we could," said Scacewater, son of Melanie and Rick Scacewater. "And we've been playing 18 holes there the last couple of weeks.

Crossland, also a senior, shot a 79 to pace Thomas Jefferson on Monday. He thinks he, Scacewater and Simpson can shoot in the 70s today. Simpson, however, is nursing a sore shoulder. Michael Kemp and Nicholas Reinsvold round out the lineup.

"Schifferdecker is such an open course without many trees, you can be off a little in your swing and still be OK," said Crossland, son of Becky Beck and Mike Crossland.

"You really have to chip and putt well," Scacewater added.

On Tuesday, McAuley and College Heights played nine holes with the Cougars edging the Warriors by a stroke.

College Heights was paced by junior Jacob Reed, the Cougars No. 1 player, with a 39. The rest of the squad is sophomore Scott Austin, senior Sam Morris, freshman Cody Bjorklund and senior Aaron Lipe.

"We're playing just consistently better and better," said College Heights coach Paul Simms. "Thomas Jefferson has a really good team and McAuley has some guys back from last year.

"It's going to be really tough to qualify this year with just one team and the top 10."

McAuley had the low shooter Tuesday, Wilmes with a 38. Two Braeckels - Eric and Pat - Carson Stephens and Coleman Mitchell make up the rest of the Warriors.

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