Palmyra wins Centralia Invite in 'humorous' fashion

From left to right, Laithan Sublette, Zach Burch, Landon Merkel, Lane Hammond and Noah Wilson smile for a picture Monday after winning the Centralia Invitational.
Posted: Apr. 18, 2017 3:05 pm

Part of what makes the Palmyra golf team successful is the competition between teammates to card the best score on the squad.

On Monday, Noah Wilson, Laithan Sublette and Lane Hammond were in contention for that honor as Palmyra shot a team score of 304 to win the Centralia Invitational by 32 strokes.

As it turned out, the trio tied at 3-over-par 74 for the second-best score of the day behind Lousiana's Hunter Felderwerth. 

"It was humorous because they all got there in different ways," Palmyra coach Marty Smyser said. "Noah shot a 39-35, but then the other two shot a 37-37. We had some fun with that on the way home."

Blake Elsberry recorded an 81 to lead Monroe City, which sent three golfers and didn't qualify in the team standings. Rounding out the team were Evan Janes (97) and Mason Reyes (116).

"Blake had a couple of tough holes," Monroe City coach Rod Galloway said. "Some putts didn't fall in. But overall, break here and break there, he would've been under 80, so it was a good day for him." 

Landon Merkel finished at 82 for Palmyra, while Zach Burch turned in score of 92. 

"We put in a good score all the way down to our five man," Smyser said. "Those were all very respectable scores." 

Palmyra competes at Highland on Tuesday, while Monroe City takes a trip to Mexico on Wednesday.

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