The Hannibal boys' golf team did what it does best Wednesday as the Pirates went out and won the North Central Missouri Conference golf championship for the second straight year.
"We were very balanced," Hannibal golf coach Mike Blase said. "We had a very strong showing for Hannibal and this was the second year in a row we have won conference. I am just real proud of these gentleman. For two years in a row we have not lost a single match or tournament for the season."
The Pirates' win came with ease as Hannibal was barely challenged while playing on the par 70 Heritage Hills Golf Course in Moberly.
"The conditions were still extremely wet," Blase said. "Mid-Missouri has received just as much rain as we have, if not more. So, for the kids scoring as well as they did, in these conditions, it was just a testament to their skills."
Hannibal carded a 307 in the tournament while runner-up Marshall was 15 strokes back with a 322. Host Moberly took third with a 332 while Fulton came in fourth with a 337. Mexico rounded out the top 5 with a 341. The final two NCMC teams were Kirksville (347) and Boonville (376).
"When you win a tournament by 15 strokes, that is a very solid win," Blase said. "But, Marshall has a very solid squad and they are in our district. So we just have to keep playing well and you can't take anything for granted."
As for the Pirate golfers, every player from Hannibal earned All-Conference honors. The top 14 finishers earn NCMC All-Conference honors and all six Pirates placed in the top 10, including four of whom were in the top 5.
"It is a continuation of the balance we have had all year," Blase said. "Throughout the year we have had six different kids medal at a match. Tanner Cooke from our JV team medaled at our tournament. Alec Abel tied for medalist honors at the Moberly Invitational, so we have had outstanding efforts throughout the year and great balance. The performance day in and day out throughout the year has been solid. There have been very few hiccups throughout the season."
Freshman Jack Baumann won the tournament overall as he carded a four over par 74. Baumann finished his 18 holes with one birdie, 12 pars and 5 bogeys. Boonville's Brett Windsor was two strokes back in second at 76.
"Freshman Jack Baumann was our conference champion with a 74," Blase said. "He played very well and had a very strong day. He didn't have any bad holes and he was a very consistent player."
As the NCMC champion, Baumann earned a gold conference champion medal.
"Jack has played a lot of golf in his career up to this point," Blase said. "He is a freshman in regards to his school age, but in golf age he has played as much golf or more than many of the other students. Jack is a very talented player as are almost every one of our top players. Today he made some more putts than the other kids and recorded the score that allowed him to become conference champion. He kept the ball in play and hit the ball well on his approach shots. His drives were strong and it was a complete game from him."
Page 2 of 2 - Finishing in third was Baumann's brother Charlie. The elder Baumann turned in a 77 with 11 pars and 7 bogeys. Scott Cockrell and Cody Whiston each carded a 78 to finish in a three-way tie with Marshall's Cole Perkins for fourth place.
Alec Abel and Tanner Cooke each carded scores of 81 to finish in a three-way tie for 10th with Marshall's Alex Maupin.
So far, Hannibal is a perfect 10-0 in duals, triangulars, and quadrangular matches this year as well as winning all three of its tournament, the Moberly Tourney, its own Hannibal Tourney, and now the NCMC Tourney.
"We have been successful up to this point and now we hope we can continue that," Blase said. "Golf is a sport where you continually have to prove yourself and from what I have seen so far this year, the kids have really come through."
Next up for Hannibal will be its final match of the regular season when the Pirates travel to Fulton for a triangular with the Hornets and Centralia. Following that, the District Tournament will be held on Monday, April 29 which will be played in Moberly.
At the district tourney, the top two finishing teams and top 15 individuals not on the top two teams will head to sectionals the following Monday on May 6.
"This coming Monday is district and the Monday after that is sectional," Blase said. "Then the Monday after that is state."