Posted: Wednesday, 24 April 2013 6:03PM

Aduddell's round lifts Ozark to COC-Large title

Before Wednesday’s Central Ozark Conference-Large Division golf tournament, Ozark coach Jared Lotz told his players to keep things simple.

Senior Miles Aduddell either wasn’t listening, or had his own ideas.

Aduddell, a home school student for the past two years, shot a two-under par 68 at Branson’s Pointe Royale to easily take first overall. His round was four strokes shy of the course record.

“Putting has been a struggle for me all year. It finally clicked today,” Aduddell said. “It’s been a bit frustrating this spring, but I knew I could do better. I knew it’d all come together.”

As a freshman at Ozark in 2010, Aduddell qualified for the Class 4 state tournament after finishing fourth at districts. He was then home schooled for two years before deciding to return to OHS to graduate with his friends.

“I’ve known him as a player for a while because he was still around golf courses the past couple of years,” Lotz said. “He’s been close all year but today everything was working for him.”

The day marked Aduddell’s first tournament victory this spring after previous finishes that included seventh, fifth and third place.

“I was just pretty consistent overall and made my putts when I needed to,” said Aduddell, who signed last fall to golf at Drury.

Ozark also bested Branson by nine strokes for the team title. The Tigers last won conference in 2011, which was Lotz’s first season as coach. Ozark went on to place seventh at state.

“I just told our guys today that we didn’t need anyone to have unbelievable career rounds,” Lotz said. “Obviously, we got that from Miles... but we needed everyone to be steady. Scores that have been winning this spring haven’t seemed to be all that outstanding, and a lot of that has to do with the weather.”

Branson got a key lift from the play of sophomore David Bennett, who shot a 76 to take second individually. Bennett usually plays in the No. 2 slot for the Pirates but was bumped to No. 3 on Wednesday.

“I think one thing that helped was that even though it was really cold this morning, I’ve played in that weather a lot this spring,” Bennett said. “It didn’t really bother me too much.”

Bennett went on to say: “This’ll give me a lot of confidence. I haven’t been having a great year but this will give me some confidence heading into districts.”

Neosho’s Kyler Snow (78) was third and Republic’s Dylan Bekemeier (79) fourth. Neosho’s Ryan Kelly (80) beat Willard’s Jared Holmes (80) in a scorecard playoff for fifth.

Kelly and Nixa’s Brady Dunagan both recorded hole-in-ones. Kelly’s hole-in-one came on hole 2, while Dunagan aced 17.

Branson, Carthage, Neosho, Nixa, Ozark and Republic will be at the Class 4, District 6 tournament April 29 at Carthage Municipal Golf Course. Willard hosts the Class 4, District 5 tournament at Greene Hills Country Club April 29, and Webb City is at Silo Ridge in Bolivar April 30 for the Class 3, District 6 tournament.

Team finishes
Ozark 329; Branson 336; Republic 338; Carthage 347; Neosho 348; Nixa 349; Willard 372; Webb City 396

Individual finishes
Branson: Nick Carley 84, Max Perez 82, David Bennett 76, Drew Russell 100, Cody Pate 94

Carthage: Austin Bunnell 88, Carson Trent 82, Derrick Carton 85, MacKenzie Smart 97, Mason Fairleigh 92

Nixa: Devon Colegrove 84, Brady Dunagan 83, Quinn Fugate 98, Nick Cobb 88, Joe Walegir 94

Neosho: Ryan Kelly 80, Kyler Snow 78, Blake Augustine 98, Tyler Clemons 98, Calin Adams 92

Ozark: Miles Aduddell 68, Nate Dyer 83, Kevin Kolstad 88, Zach Jansen 90, Clint Godfrey 90

Republic: Dylan Bekemeier 79, Beau Allen, Pierce Pittman 87, Jake Fletcher 86, Blake Fanning 98

Webb City: Colton Craig 83, Alec Goswick 100, Wes Wilson 112, Justin French 105, Payton White 108

Willard: Marshall Faulkner 87, Jared Holmes 80, Lance Parrish
115, Eric Rodocker 93, Austin Driskell 112

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