A duffed chip shot on hole No. 2 led to a double-bogey for Quinn Thomas on Tuesday.
But the Hannibal youngster may not have been able to pick a better hole to have a bad score.
Thomas’ group had to wait a few minutes before teeing off on No. 3 at Westview Golf Course, during the second and final day of the Pepsi Little People’s Tournament.
The extra time allowed Thomas some time to let out some frustration and regroup.
After grounding his club a couple times, Thomas stepped onto the tee box and placed a shot in the middle of the fairway.
Thomas nearly rolled home a birdie putt on the par 4 No. 3 but settled for a tap in for par. The hole gave him some much needed confidence as he finished 3rd in the boys B5 group in the two-day prestigious tournament.
“I felt a lot better after hole No. 3,” Thomas said. “I felt like I could make birdie on No. 4 because I usually hit it pretty close.”
Thomas did indeed birdie the Par 3 No. 4. His tee shot landed 15 feet from the hole and he sank his birdie putt to move back to even for his round.
Thomas crushed a driver on the Par 5 No. 5 and nearly holed out on his second shot for an albatross.
He would settle for birdie on the hole after narrowly missing an eagle.
“I was just hoping to birdie it,” Thomas said of the near eagle. “But I definitely would have taken the eagle.”
His second shot, from 166 yards, landed inches from the cup and rolled back to within 10 feet, But the uphill eagle putt just burned the edge.
After a hooked tee shot on No. 6, Thomas settled for a par, then sank a birdie on No. 7.
He finished his round with a par on No. 8 and a three-putt bogey on No. 9. Thomas started his round on the back nine where he carded a 1-under 34 as he finished the day with a 70 (-1).
“I was hoping to shoot in the 60’s,” Thomas said of his goal. “If I could have made some putts, I would have been able to shot a 67 or 68. But overall I am OK with my score and finish.”
The Hannibal golfer carded a 73 on the first day to finish with a 36-hole total of 143 (+1).
Braeden Sladek of Aleandria, MN was the group champion as he shot a recording breaking 7-under-par for the championship. His two-day total of 135 broke the tournament record by two strokes.
Michael Long of Shelbyville, TX placed second with a two-day score of 141.
“I think I could have gotten second, this week, but it just didn’t happen that way,” Thomas said. “I am OK with third.”
It is the second straight year Thomas has walked away with third place.
A total of 36 golfers were in the 5B age division.
Thomas will return to the links next week when he travels to play in the State Farm Classic in Bloomington, Ill.