By Don Eskins (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
The Lebanon Yellowjackets slipped past the the Glendale Falcons 319 to 324 on Monday to claim this year’s Ozark Conference Tournament Championship. The tourney took place at the Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. Rolla finished third with a score of 336.
The Jacket’s Tryn Titus and Cooper Hess both carded rounds of 74 to lead Lebanon to the tournament championship. It was a big win for the Yellowjackets who finished as runner ups in 2017.
“Getting a ‘W’ in our conference tournament is an amazing feeling,” said first year Lebanon head coach Zach Hines. “We had very strong efforts from all of our kids today to get it done and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
By conference rule Titus and Hess had to compete in a playoff for top medalist honors. On the first hole of the playoff Titus parred, while his teammate Hess bogeyed, to grab this year’s top medalist honors for the tournament.
“I tried to play aggressively all day. I wanted to make sure I had a short club in my hands to the greens,” said Titus. “I think that’s what got me in at 74.”
“I thought it was an awesome feeling to go out and compete for top medalist honors with someone who’s both a teammate and one of my best friends,” he said. “But I’m especially happy for my team. Everybody played well today and we’re all conference champions.”
Hess shared Titus’ sentiments. “First I want to commend Tryn on his victory today. All the hard work he’s put in this year is paying off for him,” Hess said. “But I also want to congratulate my teammates on our conference tournament win. For me, to have almost won top medalist honors today was nice, but being part of this year’s Ozark Conference championship team is really cool.”
Next up for the Yellowjackets is their district tournament at Lake Valley.
“We’re all looking forward to competing for a district title,” said Titus. “I hope we play really well there and can repeat what we did here today.”
Glendale coach Chris Obert also liked the effort he got from his Falcon squad- a squad composed of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior.
“We would have liked to have gotten a win today. But we’re young and we just came up a little bit short,” said Obert. “But I think everybody learned something out there today and that’s all that really matters. What they learned today will help us in the future.”
Lebanon Yellowjackets: 1- Cooper Hess 74, 2- Tryn Titus 74, 3- Haydon Brogdon 88, 4- Grant Carr 83 and 5- Houston Brackett 106.
Glendale Falcons: 1- Dawson Meek 75, 2- Conner Obert 78, 3- Luke Ogden 81, 4- Jonathon Dixon 95 and 5- Colyer Kuntz 90.
Rolla Bulldogs: 1- Matt Drallmeier 81, 2- Jeriah Jordan 82, 3- Evan Moore 84- 4- Jack Gesualdi 89 and 5- Evan Colench 94.
Ozark Conference Results
1 Lebanon 319
2 Glendale 324
3 Rolla 336
4 West Plains 340
5 Kickapoo 357
6 Joplin 360
7 Camdenton 404
8 Parkview 416
9 Waynesville 448
First Team All-Conference
No. Name Score School
1 Tryn Titus 74 Lebanon
2 Cooper Hess 74 Lebanon
3 Dawson Meek 75 Glendale
4 Conner Obert 78 Glendale
5 Matt Drallmeier 81 Rolla
6 Luke Ogden 81 Glendale
7 Lance Brackett 82 Hillcrest
8 Jeriah Jordan 82 Rolla
9 Fielding Campbell 82 Joplin
10 Grant Carr 83 Lebanon
Honorable Mention All-Conference
11 Landry Randolph 84 WP
12 Evan Moore 84 Rolla
13 Landon Rothgeb 84 WP
14 Parker Ramseur 85 WP
15 Joel Martin 86 Joplin