For the second year in a row, coach Becky Costello’s Truman Patriots won the Independence Invitational at Drumm Farm Golf Club, topping the field with a 327.

For the second year in a row, coach Becky Costello’s Truman Patriots won the Independence Invitational at Drumm Farm Golf Club, topping the field with a 327.

The Patriots were led by Evan Taylor’s 78 and Ryan Roxburg’s 80. Blue Springs South made a strong showing with its “B” team taking second just two strokes back at 329, while its “A” team was fifth at 333.

Blue Springs’ Ryan Buerk was the medalist, firing a 76 on a wet and blustery day.

“It was cold, and it was windy and I don’t think the guys minded one bit,” Blue Springs coach Tom Round said after his team finished seventh at 339. “There was even a little bit of snow on the ground, but no one was complaining. They were just happy to be out playing.

“Matt was one of our most solid golfers last year. He’s a senior who played a lot of golf the past year, and it paid off for him today.”

Joining Taylor and Roxburg on Truman’s first-place team were Eric Eisman (83), Zane Rader (86) and Jacob Hinck (86). Taylor’s 78 tied him for third place, while Roxburg’s 80 tied him for seventh.

“We called Drumm Farm early this morning and they told us there was some snow on the course – which we played as casual water – but everyone was excited about the chance to play,” Costello said.

“We won the tournament last year, and the boys were certainly hoping they could defend that championship. Evan and Ryan played well, although I know everyone on the team wished they had shot better today.

“And I like that. I want them to be competitive and want them to challenge themselves each time they play. We have high expectations for this year’s team, and this was a nice way to start.”

Blue Springs South’s Matt Cumberford, playing for the South B team, and Blake Windsor, playing for the A team, each tied for third place by shooting a 78. Wes Brewer of the B team shot 81 to tie for 10th place and Colton Fisher of the B team shot 82 to tie for 13th as the top 15 individuals earned medals.

“I know the kids did well, and I’m really pleased,” said South varsity coach Mike McGown, who had a junior varsity team playing in a tournament at the Country Club of Blue Springs Thursday. “Coach (Ted) Linke had the golfers at Drumm Farm, and I know he was very happy with the outcome.”

Raytown’s Keenan Kahler also medaled, shooting 80 to tie for seventh as the Blue Jays finished ninth at 348.

Truman’s B team, led by Cody Kuiper’s 85, was 12th (363). Raytown South, led by 87s from Chad Raeder and Dakota Witham, was 13th (364). Fort Osage and William Chrisman each shot 394 to tie for 15th.

Tyler Rodewald shot 85 and Jordan Lewis shot 92 to lead Fort Osage.

“I was really happy with how those two played, especially with it being their first time out this year,” Fort Osage coach Roger Hunt said. “They held up their end. Now we hope to knock off a few strokes Monday at Longview (in the Klint Andrews Memorial Invitational hosted by Lee’s Summit North).”

Chandler Young fired an 86 to lead Chrisman.

OAK GROVE INVITATIONAL: Tommy Gagnon shot a 96 and Boomer Salley posted a 98 to lead Oak Grove to a sixth-place finish in its own Oak Grove Invitational Thursday at Bent Oak Golf Club.

Harrisonville shot 343 to win the team title. Oak Grove shot 408, while Grain Valley totaled 428 to finish seventh.

“Under the conditions, I felt like we probably played as well as we could,” Oak Grove coach Heath Lay said. “It was very wet – and very cold and windy in the morning – and the guys still shot about what they’ve been shooting in practice. We knew we weren’t in it to win it, so we just wanted to improve our team score, and I think we did that.”

Willie Sapp shot 98 and Chris Johnson recorded a 99 to lead Grain Valley.

Lexington’s Josh Norsieck fired a 4-over-par 76 to earn medalist honors. Odessa’s Alex Dandurand (85) and Michael Payne (87) also earned medals with top-10 finishes.