Hannibal senior Trevor Watson picked up steam near the end of the Capital City Classic on Monday and wasn't about to be stopped.

Trevor Watson picked up steam near the end of the Capital City Classic on Monday and wasn't about to be stopped. 

After shooting 4-over-par through 14 holes, the Hannibal senior shaved off three strokes over the final four holes to card a 1-over 73 at the 22-team tournament at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield.

The strong finish earned Watson first place on the individual leaderboard.

“When you go to a big tournament like that, you can't ask for much more than that,” Hannibal coach Jason Noland said of his standout. "His expectation is to always shoot very similar to that. … Sometimes you just get hot.”

Hannibal turned in a team score of 343 to finish 13th overall in the team standings. 

Connor Bogue, who last Monday was Hannibal's best finisher during the Helias Invite on the same course, carded the Pirates next-best round at 84.

“Last week, he shot the low for our team here,” Noland said of Bogue. “He's right there. He missed some shots today that he thinks he should normally make. But again, you get in those tournaments and that's a really tough course.” 

Rounding out the Pirates were Gabe Falconer (91), Preston Bennett (95) and Nathan Lewton (113).

Next up for Hannibal is the North Central Missouri Conference championship at Marshall on Wednesday.

Hannibal, which won the tournament by 25 strokes over second-place Kirksville a year ago, seeks its sixth straight conference title. 

“Every year, the kids push themselves and they know our goals — as a team and individual,” Noland said. “We have kids that are really trying to put the work in and they just don't have the experience yet. I hope it all kind of comes together because I think they can do it too.”