The Hannibal golf team finished strong Tuesday as both Pirates’ representatives, Alec Abel and Scott Cockrell finished inside the top-15 and earned all state honors.
“Both young men showed some extreme determination and grit,” Hannibal golf coach Mike Blase said. “They did what they had to do to improve on yesterday’s score. Alec’s 76 and 72 and Scott’s 81 and 73 allowed them to be all state for this year. It was a great, great achievement for those two young men.”
Abel finished in a tie for seventh overall while Cockrell finished in a tie for 14th.
“It is the state tournament and the whole key is keeping the ball in the fairway, in play and making the putts.” Blase said. “The boys did that today.”
One day after carding a 76 in the opening round of the Missouri State Activities Association state golf tournament, Abel rebounded with a two over par 72.
Abel’s 72 was good enough to tie for the day’s best round with Notre Dame Cape Girardeau’s Jack Litzelfelner, the individual champion. Abel carded a three over par 38 on the front nine, but turned in an even par 35 on the back nine.
Abel finished the two day, 36-hole tournament with a score of 148, just four strokes behind Litzelfelner. Abel’s score earned him a seventh place finish in the state.
But, Abel wasn’t the only Hannibal golfer to have a bounce back round. After carding an 81 on Monday, Scott Cockrell had a bigger turnaround than any other golfer on the course. Finishing in eight strokes better than the previous day, Cockrell carded a 73 over the final 18 holes of the tournament.
“Scott actually played very well (Monday),” Blase said. “He had three holes get away from him. Other than those three holes, he played really well. He had two triple-bogeys and a bogey that just didn’t have to be so he was just seven over on three holes (Monday). Other than that, he played very well,”
Cockrell’s 73 catapulted him from a tie for 43rd all the way to a tie for 14th. Cockrell finished with a 36 on the front nine and turned in a 37 on the back nine.
“(Cockrell’s) second day total was more like he was playing throughout the whole tournament,” Blase said.
Blase was pleased with the way his golfers finished the tournament.
“Outstanding effort for the two young men,” Blase said. “Great tournament for both athletes.”