The Monroe City golf team dropped a close match by two strokes to conference foe Highland at Three Pines Golf Course on Tuesday.

Sometimes a score does not always tell the complete story.

According to Monroe City golf coach Rod Galloway, such was the case for his youthful team on Tuesday.

The Panthers dropped a close match to Clarence Cannon Conference foe Highland at Three Pines Golf Course, 231-233.

Monroe City was once again paced by Evan Janes, who posted a 48 — three strokes off Blake Garner’s medalist score of 45 for the Cougars.

“Our score does not show it, but I thought we did some good things today,” the veteran coach said. “The more we are able to get out on the course, the more improvement we are starting to show.”

Three Pines features a Par 3 with an island green that is one of the premier holes in the area.

Galloway noted Janes was the only player in the match to hit the green off the tee box.

“The ninth hole grabs a lot of golf balls,” Galloway said. “Evan did a nice job of being the only player to hit the green.” 

Danny Dennison added a 57 for the Panthers. 

Landon Shinn (62) and Ryan Kendrick (66) rounded out the scoring.

Monroe City returns to the links Wednesday in the Palmyra Invite at Jackson Park.