The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 22, 2014

Experienced JHS golf team opens with a flurry of meets

Nick Yuhas,  its only  senior, is expected to lead the Joplin High School golf team this season, Eagle coach Jack Pace said on Saturday.

“Nick and (the graduated) Griffen Locke were very successful last season,” Pace said. “They were our leaders in many tournaments. They qualified for state competition but did not achieve all-state honors.

“I believe we have the ability to compete for the Ozark Conference championship,” Pace said. “We were second to West Plains last season after back-to-back titles.

“We have a good group,” Pace said. “We certainly have a good nucleus with four returning lettermen in Nick (Yuhas), juniors Austin Garritson and Tamerik Branham and sophomore Chance Sticklen.

“(Juniors) Peyton McPheron and Keaton Hill, our fifth and sixth players this season, competed for us last year and really have improved,” Pace said.

“It’s important for everyone to continue improving. Competition, of course, makes the team better.” Pace said.

Completing the roster of 11 are junior Grasyn Cox, sophomore Willie Henness and freshmen Brayden Land, Keaton Locke (Griffen’s brother) and Taylor Roberson.

Joplin is scheduled to open the season with a flurry this week.

Carthage, Webb City and Neosho will visit the Eagles on their home course — Twin Hills — at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Joplin and Webb City will play at Carthage on Tuesday. Play shifts to Briarbrook on Wednesday. Assistant coach Kris Garrett, Pace’s son-in-law, will take the junior varsity to the Neosho Tournament on Thursday.

Twin Hills, in addition to the annual Joplin Invitational on April 3, will be the site of the Class 4 district tourney for area teams on May 5. Sectional competition will be held at Carthage the following week.

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