Palmyra rolls to South Shelby title on the links

TRAVIS DAVID, For the Courier-Post
Posted: Apr. 22, 2017 12:24 pm

Over the last couple off weeks, Noah Wilson found himself in a slump. Thursday night the Palmyra golfer decided to go get a quick lesson from his personal coach in Quincy, Mark Christensen.

Problem solved, or at least all was better Friday morning.

The three-time state finalist fired a season-best 3-under-par 69 to capture medalist of the South Shelby Invitational. The 18-hole season low also helped Palmyra to the team title with a score of 317 -- 31 strokes better than second place Macon.

"I haven’t really been playing all that well the last three or four weeks so I had a lesson last night with Mark (Christensen)," Wilson noted. "My driver had been sporatic but after the lesson last night I put a lot of balls in the fairway today. And I was finally able to get some shots where I wanted them to go."

Wilson’s score of 3-under-par is believed to be a tournament record.

He started his round with a birdie on the 312-yard Par 4 No. 1.

Palmyra coach Marty Smyser pointed out in recent weeks, Wilson had struggled to put himself in position for score good after mishits on his approach shots.

"We talked the other night about he really has not gave himself makeable birdie putts lately," the Palmyra coach said. "But today he came up with a tap-in birdie on his first hole which I think really got him going."

Wilson followed the first hole with an eagle on the 508-yard Par 5 second hole.

After a bogey on No. 6, Wilson bounced back with back-to-back birdies on No. 7 and No. 8. On the eighth hole, Wilson drained a 25-foot putt to get him to 4-under.

When all was said and done, Wilson carded six birdies and an eagle for his round.

Teammates Lane Hammond and Laithan Sublette tied for third with a pair of 79’s, while Landon Merkel rounded out the scoring with a 90. Ragar McKinney also participated Friday and carded a 92.

"Lane and Laithan didn’t score like they had hoped, but it’s really about perspective," the Palmyra coach noted. "I know there are a lot of people here who would have loved to have shot a 79."

Monroe City also played the Lakeside Golf Course, but did not register a team score due to only three golfers.

Blake Elsberry carded a career-best 74 to pace Monroe City. His 2-over-par was good for second place.

"Blake has been steady for us all season," Monroe City coach Rod Galloway said of his No. 1 golfer. "He’s been hovering around 40 (for 9 holes) all season so it was nice to see him put it all together for a good round today. I think he is hitting his stride at the right time with conference next week and districts a week from Monday."

Danny Dennison and Mason Reyes also competed for Monroe City.

"With not having a team score today, we really just wanted to get our two young golfers (Dennison and Reyes) some experience on the course and something to work on and also see what kind of score Blake could post," Galloway said. "And I think we accomplished both today. Especially with this being a tough little course which some trecherous greens and on a chilly day."

Central (361) and Highland (368) rounded out the top four teams in the field of eight.

Palmyra and Monroe City will both return to the links Wednesday at Norwoods Golf Course in Hannibal for the Clarenece Cannon Conference meet.

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