The Ste. Genevieve Dragons Golfers had a big week of action. On Tuesday, April 13th, the team challenged Potosi and Central in a tri-meet. The next day, the Dragons hosted their home annual tournament.
In the first meet of the week, the tri-meet against Potosi and Central, Ste. Gen had an outstanding round, shooting a season low of 172 to win the meet. Landon Rose took first place with an incredible score of 38. Kellen Hogenmiller finished second, shooting a 44. Behind them were Bryce Barley with a 45 and Luke Basler with a 45 as well. Grant Weiler shot a 48 and Zachary Burr came in with a 49.
Head Coach Ryan Mueller commented on Rose’s performance, and said, “Rose did not let me come to see him play due to the fact of how well he was playing. He becomes extremely superstitious when playing well, and he knows when he needs to be in the zone. For when I was able to see him play, he was able to par his first hole of the day.” Rose’s score of 38 was his personal best.
Rose was pleased as well, and said, “It was a good week for me. I played well at Crown Pointe and for the Ste. Gen tournament I started off really slow, but finished out really well.”
Mueller did see Hogenmiller play, and commented, “Kellen played some of his best golf today. If he would have gotten by without shooting an eight on a hole, Kellen would have been extremely close to breaking into the 30’s. Kellen has steadily improved his game this season which has helped him lower his overall average.”
Hogenmiller was happy as well, and added, “This week was really good for me. Tuesday in a Varsity tri-match I shot a 44 and took second place. My chipping and putting really helped me succeed. Wednesday in our home tournament I played on our B team and shot a 103. It wasn’t the day I was looking for but was none the less acceptable and a good learning experience for me.”
Mueller was impressed with Barley’s performance, and mentioned, “Bryce shot extremely well today. He was disappointed on how his putting game was going for him. The pin location on the day was difficult, but he was able to shoot a great round by being nine over. He did have a great save with a 20 foot putt on hole seven. Bryce said that his driver game and iron game went great.”
Commenting on the performance of Weiler, Mueller said, “Grant’s strong suit was his driving game. He only missed one fairway on the day, but struggled with his mid range shots and some putting. He made smart plays going to the green. For example, on hole seven, he could have made it to the green in two with a risky play, but decided to lay-up before a creek to get it to the green on the next shot. Grant has been playing smart, consistent golf.”
With more on Burr, Mueller noted, “Burr had revenge on this nine hole match. Last time he was at Crown Pointe, he didn’t have the round he had hoped for, but today he came up and had some excellent shots. Zachary had some great saves from his mid range shots. His drives were fantastic today, but he did have to take a drop for penalty on a drive that went a little left. He was able to make a great shot to put it right behind the green to help save some strokes.”
The Dragons next hosted the 10th annual Dragon Invitational at the Ste. Genevieve Golf Course. At the home tournament the team weas able to get third place out of a total of 14 teams, shooting a 375. Rose led the team with a score of 89.
On Rose, Mueller said, “Rose started out struggling on the front nine, which took him by surprise for how many times he plays the front nine of our course. His mental game started getting in the way of how he was playing, and then turned it around on hole nine. He was able to only go three over on the back nine. This included two birdies, one on a par three and one on a par four. He was able to shoot two pars and five bogeys. He definitely figured out his game and played exceptionally well.”
The next scorer leading the Varsity was Barley. “Bryce started off the day extremely well being one under through the first two holes. He came into trouble on the next two holes with a double bogey and a double par. He was quickly able to bounce back and shoot bogey the next three and a par. Bryce struggled with his putts at Crown Pointe the day before, but his putts were lights out today. He had several one putts to help him get his score to be an overall of a 91”
Basler came in with a 93. Mueller said, “I feel like I repeat myself when I talk about Luke. He is so consistent in his golf game. He came in today with an overall score of a 93. This was his season best and he continues to show improvement each week. Luke shot a 45 on the front nine and a 48 on the back nine. Luke started his day on his least favorite hole of the course, but was able to make it out with a bogey. He ended up with four pars on the day to help him stay in the forties on both nines.”
Weiler shot a 102. Commenting on his day, Mueller stated, “Grant did not have the day he was expecting nor was hoping for. His day started off tough with a triple bogey, double bogey, then another triple bogey. Grant’s mental game struggled today on the course. He was able to fight through and salvage some strokes on the back nine to get his score to be counted for the top four and to help secure the third place win for the team. He kept fighting for every stroke even though he did not have the round he had wanted.”
Finally, Burr came in with a 103. “He was struggling on the front nine to start the day and also had some mental toughness challenges. He began getting frustrated with himself on the course, but again, he knew he had to fight for all the strokes he could save for the team. Once Zachary started the back nine, he forgot all about the front nine and started playing his game,” said Mueller.
The Dragons had an excellent week of golf and will look to keep the momentum going as they season rolls on.