With the weather warming up, the Hannibal golf team finally got out on the course Monday night as the Pirates hosted Mexico, Macon, and Centralia in a quad-angular and the Pirate golf team easily defeated their opponents.
“We got our first match in of the year,” Hannibal golf coach Mike Blase said. “We finally got one in with the weather.”
Hannibal (3-0) finished with a 148, four strokes above par and 22 strokes ahead of second place finishing Macon (170). Mexico was 10 strokes back of Macon with a 180 while Centralia brought up the rear, carding a 185.
“I am very happy with the outcome tonight,” Blase said. “The boys played extremely well. ... The 148 is a great first match of the year score and we hope the kids can continue to play with consistency.”
Hannibal’s Scott Cockrell led all golfers with a one-under par 35 for the day. Cockrell finished with 4 birdies, 3 boogeys and 2 pars.
“(Cockrell) birdied the last two holes of the match to go under par,” Blase said.
Charlie Baumann and Alec Abel both turned in even par scores of 36 while Jack Baumann carded a 41. Charlie Baumann had 7 pars, one birdie and one boogey while Abel had 3 birdies, 3 pars and 3 boogeys.
Macon’s top four finishers were Daniel Carmer (41), Gavin Arnold (42), Blake Rose (43) and Nate Hilker (44) while Mexico also had four golfers in the 40s. Alex Bledsoe carded a 43 and was followed by Austin Kelsey (44). Vincent Pearll turned in a 46 while Jordan McNeil had a 47.
Centralia’s top finisher was Damon Dollers with a 39. After Dollers, Will Mustain carded a 46 and Dakota Waugh finished with a 48. Calen Dollers was Centralia’s final golfer, finishing with a 52.
On the junior varsity front, Hannibal again came away victorious. In fact, the Pirates’ JV team finished the day with a 164, which was better than every team accept Hannibal’s varsity. Mexico’s JV carded a 198 while Centralia finished with a 227. Macon did not bring a JV team.
“Our JV was better than the next closest varsity,” Blase said. “So our JV played very well.”
Gus Meyer led the Pirate JV squad with a 39. Cody Whistton turned in a 40 while Tanner Cooke had a 41. Alex Addison rounded out the JV scoring with a 44.
Hannibal will be back out on the links this afternoon when the Pirates host another quad-angular. This time Bowling Green, South Shelby, and Louisiana will be matching up against the Pirates at Norwoods Golf Course. Tee-time is set for 4 p.m.