Laithan Sublette made good on a promise by claiming medalist honors Wednesday to lead the Palmyra boys golf team to first place in its home tournament.
Laithan Sublette walked off the green after his 18th and final hole of the day and gave his mother, Jessica, a hug and kiss on the cheek. He then uttered three words.
“Happy birthday, Mom!”
Sublette had just made good on his promise to her earlier in the morning as he won the Palmyra Golf Invite at Jackson Park on Wednesday afternoon.
“I told her I was going to go out there and try and win one for her,” the Panthers senior said. “So this is her birthday present.”
After shooting an even-par 35 on the first nine holes, Sublette carded a 1-under-par 34 on his final nine to finish with medalist honors with a 69.
Sublette posted three birdies on his round with a pair of bogeys.
Despite shooting six shots better than second-place finisher Kannon Kendrick of South Shelby, Sublette felt like he left a couple strokes on the course.
“I thought I hit the ball really well, but I just did not putt the best,” he stated. “But overall, this round was very encouraging because there’s been a lot of improvement and going forward I think it will help with my confidence a lot.”
Palmyra won the team title with an overall score of 316.
Mason Burch finished fourth overall with an 80, followed by Ragar McKinney (83) and Brady Shively (84). Brock Bollin played, but his score of 90 did not count toward the team total.
The Panthers score was 16 strokes better than second-place Montgomery County.
Van-Far finished third with 343, while Clarence Cannon Conference foe Clark County was fourth with 352.
Sublette mentioned the individual medalist honors and team title were a little bittersweet.
“I didn't realize it until this morning, but this is the last time I will get to play (in a high school) match here,” he said. “But for us to be able to shoot the way we did today and win it is pretty special.
“This course (Jackson Park) means a lot to me. I grew up playing on this course.”
Monroe City finished seventh in the field of nine teams, with a team score of 404.
Evan Janes was low man for Monroe City with an 18-hole score of 86.
After shooting a 50 on the first nine, Janes bounced back with a 1-over-par 36 on his second nine.
“To do that on the back nine after being disappointed on the front shows a lot about him,” Monroe City coach Rod Galloway said of Janes. “I was real happy with the way he rebounded. For him to come back the way he did, it only gets his confidence built back up going forward."
Galloway mentioned the way Janes finished can be a good learning tool for the rest of the players on the team.
“When they play 18, they know if things go bad on the front, they still have another nine holes to make up some strokes,” the veteran coach said.
Danny Dennison carded a 99, while Landon Shinn (109) and Ryan Kendrick (110) rounded out the scoring for Monroe City. Mason Reyes also played and fired a 117.