Posted: Monday, 01 April 2013 9:47PM

West Plains takes home first in Lebanon Tournament



Lebanon, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com)  -- It might not have been ideal golf weather today at the 10-team Lebanon Invitational held at Great-Life Golf and Fitness, but it sure beat the weather of the past three weeks.
 
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“Monday's performance was impressive considering the lack of time his team had received on the course this spring,” said Zizzers head coach, Seth Huddleston. “The Winter-like weather has kept many area golf teams off the course, postponing meets and canceling practices since practice began on Feb. 25. Our kids have really put a lot of time into their golf game. We haven't really had a lot of time this spring to practice, but these kids play a lot of golf on their own time. They are really good kids. We started out today cold and windy, but we had to persevere and press on.”
 
Led by junior Ben Charles, West Plains won the meet with a 324 team score, defeating the host team by nine strokes. Charles was the tournament medalist, shooting a 78, with two rounds of 39.
 
"They all want to be good, play good and I'm proud to be around them. Charles is a good talent is really committed to the game. He spends hours and hours practicing. Finishing first in this tournament is very well deserved,” said Huddleston.
 
The left handed Charles, who shot a one-over par 36 in the Zizzers only match this season, said the strength of his game on Monday was his putting.
 
"I've been putting a lot," Charles said. "I aim to the left, but it depends on the hole. My putting has improved a lot, that's the main thing."
 
West Plains finished with three players in the top 10. Senior Cole Butler shot a 79, with the tournament's second-lowest round of golf, as Butler shot a 38 on the back nine. Isaac Burroughs shot an 83 and Jacob Womack shot an 84.
 
"It is great to achieve this goal, this is the first time this group has won at Lebanon, so it is great for this team," Huddleston said. "But at the same time, we are really excited about where we are going. The opportunity to play at courses like Lebanon and against good competition means a lot to us."
 
Camdenton, which placed third with a 340 team score, was led by Braden Denmark, who shot a 79, including the tournament's lowest round of golf with a 37 on the back nine.
 
Host Lebanon fielded three teams in the tournament, and were led by senior Aaron Shoemaker's 79. Senior Hayden Brackett shot an 82 and Garrett Hite shot an 84. The Yellowjackets placed second overall with a team score of 333.
 
"It is always fun to have a home tournament," Lebanon head coach Rod Sullens said. "It is our only home tournament this year and we had some good teams come in today. It was a good start four us and it kind of shows us where we are in the season.”
 
Led by Aaron Shoemaker, Lebanon finished second, six strokes behind first-place West Plains. Shoemaker tied for second place with a 79, shooting a 40 on the front end and a 39 on the back nine.
 
"The course was outstanding," Shoemaker said. "The greens were fine and I was putting well. It is by far the best I have ever done and it was good to do it on our home course."
 
Shoemaker said his putting was the difference in his score, an aspect of his game he has been working on leading up to the season.
 
"I can't putt to save my life, I've putted a lot on the putting greens because it has been too wet to play," Shoemaker said. "It definitely paid off today. The team did outstanding today getting consistent scores, and that is what we need."
 
Fair Grove got an 85 from senior Brock Derrick, a three-time Class 2 state qualifier, and finished fourth with a team score of 359.
 
"This is our second tournament and our kids are getting better and I have one kid (Zack Smith) who has played two competitive rounds so he is learning some things," Fair Grove head coach Cody Bull said.
 
Bull said he expects his team to be more competitive in the upcoming weeks.
 
"I'd like to see us knock 30 stokes in the next four or five weeks but we've got a lot of stuff to work on," he said. "The weather has been a huge factor. We've played two tournaments and probably only played 27 holes in practice. It has been difficult, but that is how it goes. We've got the rest of the week off, so we are going to hit practice pretty hard."
 
Sean Mulkey, of Ash Grove, placed 10th with a score of 85. He shot a 40 on the back nine after shooting a 45 in the first round. Ash Grove had three players compete, including Trevor Anderson and Dillon Allen.
 
Dixon shot a 384 as a team, led by Josh Parker's 89.
 
LEBANON INVITATIONAL
on Monday, at Lebanon GreatLife Golf and Fitness
 
Ash Grove — Sean Mulkey 45 40 — 85, Trevor Anderson 55 51 — 106, Dillon Allen 55 57 — 112.
 
Camdenton (340) — Mason Bennett 41 45 — 86, Louis Brother 47 53 — 100, Seth Crockett 46 45 — 91, Braden Denmark 42 37 — 79, Michael Hake 41 43 — 84.
 
Camdenton II (407) — Trevor Johnson 49 59 — 108, Brendon Babbs 49 47 — 96, Dakota Brewer 56 56 — 112, Nick Weber 58 59 — 117, Caleb Crockett 45 46 — 91.
 
Dixon (384) — Josh Parker 44 45 — 89, J.D. Brown 48 44 — 92. Travis Snowden 47 48 — 95, Josh Sisk 60 58 — 118. Stormy Donaldson 54 54 — 108.
 
Fair Grove (359) — Brock Derrick 44 41 — 85, Nathan Reyes 47 47 — 94, Joe Stafford 45 46 — 91, Zach Smith 43 46 — 89, Jared Vickery 54 48 — 102.
 
Lebanon (333) — Hayden Brackett 43-39 82, Aaron Shoemaker 40 39 — 79, Garrett Brown 46 45 — 91, Lawrence Bowlin 43 45 — 88, Garrett Hite 45 39 — 84.
 
Lebanon II (391) — Calem Hopkins 45 42 — 87, C.J. Hudson 46 50 — 96, Nathan Condron 47 48 — 95, Adrian Palmer 56 57 — 113.
 
Lebanon III (448) — Harrison Carr 60 60 — 120, Hunter Allen 55 53 — 108. Austin Beushausen 50 57 — 107, Troy Eidson 66 66 — 132, Kyler Armstrong 56 57 — 113.
 
Strafford (457) — Bradley Shore 57 64 — 121, Andrew LaChance 57 58 — 115, Triston Losh 59 53 — 112, Garett Gorder 58 51 — 109, Braden Campbell 65 63 — 128.
 
West Plains (324) —Ben Charles 39 39 — 78, Isaac Burroughs 41 42 — 83, Cole Butler 41 38 — 79, Jacob Womack 40 44 — 84, Trey Fierce 47 40 — 87.

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