Last year, Blue Springs South golfer J.P Derksen was playing golf in his native North Carolina on Christmas Day. This year, he was shoveling snow on the first day of spring practice.
Last year, Blue Springs South golfer J.P Derksen was playing golf in his native North Carolina on Christmas Day.
This year, he was shoveling snow on the first day of spring practice.
“Welcome to Missouri, huh,” the low-key freshman said after firing an even-par 72 to finish second at the Lee’s Summit/Lee’s Summit North Klint Andrews Memorial Invitational Monday afternoon at Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake.
Liberty’s Devin Montague shot a 2-under 70 to claim medalist honors, but all the local buzz was about Derksen.
“J.P. was 3-under at the turn and birdied the first two holes,” South coach Mike McGown said. “We were all wondering how he’d handle the pressure on the back nine, and he did a great job.
“I know some of the other guys aren’t happy with what they shot today, but now isn’t the time to peak. This is a very good start and we hope to peak around conference and district.”
The Jaguars shot a team 319, to finish in third place behind Lee’s Summit West (317) and Liberty (318).
This was just the second time Derksen had played the Longview course, which posed few problems.
“I played here a while back, and I like the course,” Derksen said. “When I went out and birdied the first two holes, I knew I had some room to play with the rest of the round.
“I’m pretty happy with what I shot today. I just tried to hit it straight and my short game was pretty good.”
Although Derksen was the lone medalist from South, the other scores were bunched close enough to make a run for the team title.
Ty Thorp shot 81, Perry Clarke and Matt Cumberford shot 83 and Blake Windsor shot 87.
Truman’s Ryan Roxburg shot a 75, to tie Rockhurst’s Patrick Byrne for fourth place.
“I had one four-putt and a few double bogeys, but overall I was happy with the way I played,” Roxburg said. “I thought we played pretty well as a team. One of our goals this year is to go to state as a team, and we’re working hard to achieve that.”
Roxburg was the lone Patriot medal winner. Evan Taylor shot an 80, Eric Eisman 82, Cody Kuiper 87 and Jacob Hinck 91 as Truman took fifth.
Other area medal winners included Lee’s Summit North’s Chris Fryatt and Raytown South’s Dakota Witham, who each shot 77; Grant Grego of Lee’s Summit West shot 78; and Lee’s Summit’s Kyle Gross and Lee’s Summit West’s Jake Kouba and Ryan Argotsinger both shot 79.
“It’s amazing to think that yesterday I mowed my yard and a week ago I was shoveling snow off my driveway and sidewalk,” McGown said. “It’s great that we’re finally getting some nice weather for the golfers.
“It was breezy today and a little bit cold this morning, but it turned out to be a great day for golf.”
Lee’s Summit North, led by Fryatt’s 77, finished ninth at 337. Raytown, led by Matt Novak’s 87, was 14th at 359. Blue Springs, paced by Ryan Buerk’s 84, was 15th at 365. Tyler Rodewald posted an 86 to lead Fort Osage, which was 17th at 388.