The Monroe City golf team turned a corner Wednesday, defeating Sturgeon in a dual match at Mexico Country Club to register its first victory of the season.
Monroe City shot 189 as a team, while Sturgeon came in eight strokes behind at 197.
"The kids played really, really well," Monroe City coach Rod Galloway said. "They're starting to show some improvement and even some consistency, and that's what we're looking for."
Senior Blake Elsberry carded a 5-over-par 41 to share co-medalist honors with Sturgeon's Kenny Stone.
"Blake missed a couple birdie putts in a row and probably wasn't an inch from either one of them," Galloway said. "He was just right there."
Danny Dennison came in next-best for the Panthers with a 48, "right close to his low for the year," the coach said.
Caitlin Saunders also picked a fitting time — her birthday — to shoot her best score (49) so far in 2017.
"She gave herself a nice birthday present," Galloway said. "She shot her lowest round of the year. She was really tickled."
Rounding out Monroe City were Evan Janes (51) and Mason Reyes (70).
"We had a really good day today," Galloway said. "I was really proud of the kids the way they responded. For once, we were on the short end."