The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 22, 2012

Joplin, Carthage among favorites at district golf meet

Need a favorite golfing team for today’s MSHSAA Class 4 District 6 Tournament at the Carthage Golf Course?

Carthage, Ozark Conference champion Joplin and Neosho are among the field of 11 schools in the 18-hole event starting at 9 a.m.

How about four or five teams in the favorite’s role, Joplin coach Jack Pace suggested on Sunday.

“From our perspective, we’re facing a lot of strong competition,” Pace said. “Maybe Carthage and Nixa are the favorites. Glendale and Kickapoo and, hopefully, ourselves, will be in the mix.”

Branson, Springfield Central, Ozark, Springfield Parkview and Willard will complete the field.

Top two teams advance to sectional competition at Springfield Millwood Golf and Racquet Club on May 2. Top 15 individuals not on the qualifying teams advance for medalist play in the sectional.

Pace said the Joplin lineup will consist of junior Griffen Locke, sophomore Nick Yuhas, senior Lucas Garritson, freshman Austin Garritson and freshman Tamerik Branham.

“We’re without (senior) Jeffrey Herr,” Pace said. “His mother’s dad passed away in Michigan. His mother already is in Michigan and the rest of the family left Sunday. We’ll be playing for Jeffrey, of course.”

Pace pointed out that Nixa won the Central Ozark Conference Large Division last Friday at Greene Hills Country Club near Willard.

The Eagles shot 322, Republic 347, Ozark 350, Carthage and Willard 351, Neosho 352, Branson 357 and Webb City 358.

Blake Augustine and Ben Starkey posted 78s for Neosho and Webb City, respectively. Tres Wright shot 83 for Carthage.

Kickapoo, meanwhile, won its second straight Jim Pearson Invitational at Millwood last Thursday. The Chiefs beat Glendale 335-340.

Central’s Jordon Williams shot a 79 to best Glendale’s Brian Cauldwell by a stroke for medalist honors. The Pearson event serves as the Springfield championship and Glendale had won it six times in a row until 2011.

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