The Hannibal golf team finished its regular season Friday the same way the Pirates started it, without a loss. The Pirates traveled to Fulton for a triangular match with the Hornets and Centralia, but it turned into a dual when Centralia only brought two golfers. Regardless of whom the Pirates played, they won with ease, beating Fulton 155-180.
“They played very well,” Hannibal coach Mike Blase said. “It was very difficult conditions. It rained on us throughout most of the round.”
Scott Cockrell led the Pirate golfers, carding an even par 36 at the Tanglewood Golf Course.
Cody Whiston finished the day with a 38 while Jack Baumann turned in a 40. Charlie Baumann and Alec Abel both carded 41s, but only the top four scores are used, so Abel’s results were scratched.
“For Scott to shoot even par in conditions like that is outstanding,” Blase said. “All the boys, staying within five strokes of even pass is a good round of golf.”
As for Fulton, the Hornets’ Justin Vann also had a good day on his home course. Vann tied Cockrell for the best finish of the day with an even par of his own. But, unlike Hannibal, the rest of the Fulton team had much higher scores.
Gage Oestreich was second for the Hornets with a 45 while Brendan Hodges was third, finishing with a 48. Jack Brady turned in a 51 and Ryan McCarty’s 57 was scratched by Fulton.
Both teams also sent its junior varsity clubs out on the course with the JV Pirates swatting the JV Hornets. Hannibal beat Fulton 175-269.
Leading the way for the JV squad was Tanner Cooke with a four over par 40. Seth Meyers finished with a 43 and Jack Richards carded a 44. Alex Addison turned in a 48 and Peyton Munch’s 51 was scratched.
Before making the trek to Fulton, Hannibal was told it could bring as many golfers as it wanted for the season finale. With the opportunity presented, Hannibal brought its second string JV squad and it also beat Fulton’s JV team. The back up JV Pirates carded a 189.
Austin Janes carded a 43 for the additional JV team while Andrew Richards finished with a 44. Casey St. Clair turned in a 51 and Jamey Lemon finished with a 52. Caleb Bieniek’s 64 was dropped.
With the regular season over, the Pirates finish the season a perfect 11-0 while the JV Pirates also went undefeated at 7-0.
Hannibal will now prepare for the district tournament which will get underway with a 10 a.m. tee time Monday morning in Moberly.
“It is a nice advantage,” Blase said. “We are familiar with the course and we understand the course. We are in a situation where we have played more matches in Moberly than we have in Hannibal this year. So we are familiar with the course and we hope we can continue to put up big scores.”