Mike McGown presented a low-pressure strategy at the Suburban Big Six Boys Golf Championships Monday morning at Adams Pointe Golf Club, and it paid big dividends.

Mike McGown presented a low-pressure strategy at the Suburban Big Six Boys Golf Championships Monday morning at Adams Pointe Golf Club, and it paid big dividends.

“I didn’t want to put any extra pressure on the players, so I just told them their averages for the season and asked them to go out and shoot what they’ve been shooting – nothing more, nothing less,” the Blue Springs South golf coach said after his Jaguars topped the field with a near-season low 303. J.P. Derksen claimed medalist honors with a one-under 71.

“I didn’t even talk to the guys at the turn. I asked them not to talk out on the course, because I didn’t want a golfer who might be having a bad day, to have a negative influence his teammates.”

Blake Windsor fired a 73 to support Derksen’s low round, and was followed by Zach Kurth (79), Joe Hanes (80) and Blair Sanders (80) as every Jaguar earned a medal.

“They all shot right at their average and we came close to our season low score (301 at Tiffany Greens),” McGown said.

Other area medal winners included Lee’s Summit’s Austin Staudinger, who shot a 71 but lost a scorecard playoff to Derksen. The Tigers’ Mason Grounds also medaled with an 82.

Lee’s Summit North’s top four all claimed medals. Chris Fryatt shot 73 and was joined by Ian Mathewson (79), Jake Loveland (79) and Keaton Black (82). Ryan Podjenski was Blue Springs’ lone medalist, shooting 84.

“It was a great day for golf,” said McGown, who ran the tournament with assistant coach Ted Linke and several South student managers. “We kept busy, the guys did a great job – you can’t ask for much more than that.”

Derksen said consistency, and the ability to shake off one nightmare hole, helped him win medalist honors.

“I was doing pretty well until I three-putted No. 17 for a bogey,” Derksen said. “But I got a birdie on 18, and finished strong. I have more maturity this year. Last year, if I would have three-putted 17, there’s no way I’d have come back with a birdie on 18.”

Windsor said his putting game let him down for much of the tournament.

“Ball striking was fine – I just couldn’t hit a putt all afternoon,” Windsor said. “The team score is great. J.P really stepped it up today, and all the guys showed pretty well.”

Fryatt experienced an up and down afternoon, yet still managed to tie Windsor for third.

“I was three over after two holes and finished the front nine at three over,” Fryatt said. “I had six birdies and a lot of bogeys, not real consistent golf. I’m happy I was able to shoot a 73.”

It’s the second time in as many years South has won the conference title.

“The big horses shot low, and everyone else did just enough to get the win,” McGown said.

After the tournament, Lee’s Summit coach Manning Williams presented Blue Springs golf coach and activities director Tom Round with a plaque for his many years as a golf coach in Eastern Jackson County. Round is retiring at the end of this school year.