A team score of 160 is what Hannibal head coach Mike Blase considers a good day.


A 160 translates to a 40-stroke average for the four scoring members of the golf team. At Norwoods Golf Club where the par for the front nine is 36, a 160 is 16-over par. Monday at the season-opening match against Monroe City, Hannibal went lower than 160. In the first scoring round of the season, the Pirates top-4 combined to shoot a 158, besting Monroe City’s 222.


A team score of 160 is what Hannibal head coach Mike Blase considers a good day.

A 160 translates to a 40-stroke average for the four scoring members of the golf team. At Norwoods Golf Club where the par for the front nine is 36, a 160 is 16-over par. Monday at the season-opening match against Monroe City, Hannibal went lower than 160. In the first scoring round of the season, the Pirates top-4 combined to shoot a 158, besting Monroe City’s 222.

“That’s a quality score for high school golf,” Blase said. “We haven’t been in the 150s for a couple of years, so this is exciting to see.”

Jacob McLerren was the low man of the match. With three birdies on the day, McLerren opened up his sophomore season with a 36 — even par for nine holes — and the match win.

“My putting was really good, for once, and I was just hitting it in the fairway,” he said.

Two strokes behind McLerren was teammate Charlie Baumann. Playing his first high school match of his career, the freshman wasn’t overmatched. Baumann carded a 38, good for second on the day.

“It was a little bit different, but I’ve played lots of tournaments before so it knew what it was like, but it was different with it being high school golf,” Baumann said.

Coming in at No. 3 for the Pirates, and No. 3 for the match, was Chase Clayton. With four pars on his scorecard, Clayton posted a 41 for the Pirates.

Two shots behind Clayton was the Pirates fourth place finisher, Tanner Fohey. Fohey’s 43 was the fourth-best score for the Pirates and the fourth-best for the match.

Austin Bross shot a 59 for Hannibal, but his score was dropped. Zach Sinclair carded a 60 in exhibition play.

“It was just a very solid round by several of our players,” Blase said. “I was very pleased.”

Monroe City was led by Derrick Freidank, who carded a 52. Brantly Nowlin finished behind Freidank with a 57. Alex Voss, 60, and Chanson Burns rounded out the top-4 for Monroe City. Jordan Fulton’s 63 was dropped for the Panthers.

Hannibal is now 1-0 on the season.

“I didn’t see a lot of bad shots when I was out there watching,” Blase said.

Hannibal had an advantage opening the season at its practice course. The Pirates were familiar with the layout and how to play certain shots — a luxury Monroe City didn’t have.

“It’s an advantage to play on your home course — there is no doubt about that,” Blase said.
The course at Norwoods was actually in fairly good condition, despite the abundance of rain the area has received. While soggy in spots, Blase said the wet course didn’t do much but shorten distance. Instead, it probably helped the golfers.

“We were playing lift, clean and place,” Blase said. “When you’re able to put your hand on the ball, you’re going to get a good lie every time.”

Hannibal also won in JV action. The Pirates beat the Panthers 198-276. Greg Baldwin (45) was the low man among the JV scorers. Other Hannibal JV scores were: Travis Williams (49), Ben Sutton (51), Gabe Johnson (53) and Evan Harder (66). Andrew Richards posted a 56 in exhibition play.

For Monroe City, the JV Panthers were led by J.J. Heinecke. He was followed by Connor Rolmon (58), Austin Butkins (81) and Mitchell Greening (84).

Hannibal will once again be at home for the next match. The Pirates will take on Louisiana, Bowling Green and South Shelby at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4.