Steven Shaw, a senior from Blue Springs High School, had no idea that one of his playing partners in Monday’s Suburban Big Six Conference Golf Championship at Adams Pointe Golf Club would spark the finest performance of his senior season.
Shaw and Lee’s Summit North’s Bryan Hunt, the son of Fort Osage golf coach Roger Hunt, each shot 77s to tie for the conference title, but Shaw won medalist honors via a scorecard playoff.
However, it was Hunt’s Broncos team that claimed the team championship by firing a 324 – six shots lower than the Lee’s Summit West Titans. Lee’s Summit was third at 331 followed by Blue Springs (336), Blue Springs South (340) and Raymore-Peculiar (376).
“It was great playing in the same group with Bryan, and a kid who shot a 78 (Lee’s Summit’s Jackson Eaton),” Shaw said. “We really fed off each other’s success. We both shot 40-37, and he’d make a good shot and then I’d feel like I had to make a good shot, too. It was a lot of fun.”
Hunt, who played a key role in his team’s championship, agreed.
“There are a few shots I wish I had back,” Hunt said. “But overall, I was happy with the way I played. And Steven and I really did kind of feed off each other’s success. It’s a lot of fun to golf in a group where everyone is playing so well. And this is the time of year you want to play your best golf with district next Monday.”
Each golfer’s respective coach was pleased with his player’s performance.
“I am absolutely thrilled for Steven,” Blue Springs coach Doug Gillispie said, “because he was able to rise to the occasion today and shoot his best round since he shot a 76 the first day of state last season. He’s worked as hard as any kid I’ve coached at Blue Springs and I’m thrilled to see him have this type of success at a meet like the conference championship.”
Veteran Broncos coach Kevin Harrison praised Hunt and his championship teammates, who won the eighth conference title in Lee’s Summit North history.
“The guys played great as a team today,” said Harrison, a former basketball coach at North. “Because of my basketball background, I really like to stress the team aspect of golf. Even though it is a highly individual sport, there are great team rewards, like winning a conference team championship. Bryan was having some problems with his neck (Sunday) and I wasn’t really sure what to expect from his today.
“The way he played, I told him I might have to wrench his neck a little bit before district next week. And our No. 5 golfer, a sophomore named Michael Foster, shot an 80, was all conference as an individual and played his best round of the season. With Michael Worth shooting an 80 (eighth place), Gavin McDonald 85 (14th place, honorable mention all conference) and Nathan Shull shooting 87 it was a complete team effort.”
Blue Springs’ Jackson Koenig shot 84 to earn honorable mention all-conference honors. Luke Schweizer (86), Taylor Muller (89) and Alex Schuering (95) completed the Wildcats’ scoring.
Blue Springs South’s top finisher was Ethan Wegner, whose 80 tied Worth for eighth place.
“There are a lot of shots I’ll be thinking about, because I think I could have shot a lower score,” Wegner said, “but I’m happy to be all-conference. I just want to shoot a lower score next Monday at district.”
His teammate Miles Buttress, shot an 82 to finish in 10th place and earn all-conference honors. Carter Messner (88), Camron Haas (90) and Jacob Krahenbuhl (91) completed South’s scorecard
After the match was over, the coaches and players honored longtime South coach Ted Linke, who is retiring at the end of the school year, with a lengthy standing ovation in the Adams Pointe conference room.
MIDDLE SIX: Josh Evans had to pick up for Zach Davenport to lead Truman in the Suburban Middle Six Championships.
Evans shot 87 to earn second-team all-conference honors after Davenport, the Patriots’ freshman No. 1 player, had to bow out after two holes because of an illness.
Truman totaled 393 and finished fifth at the par-72 Moile Country Club in St. Joseph. Blake Jones shot a 97 followed by Tanner Beuttgenbach (100) and Braden Thomas (109) for the Patriots.
"We have had a great year but we really need to put together some consistency from the top down if we are going to be successful at districts and the postseason," Truman coach Joey Penner said.
Host St. Joseph Central won the team title with a 337, while Park Hill South’s Tanner Owen fired a 3-under-par 69 to claim medalist honors.
MIDDLE SEVEN: One Fort Osage and one William Chrisman golfer earned honorable mention all-conference honors in the Suburban Middle Seven Championships Monday at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex’s par-72 Outlaw course.
Fort’s Sam Morgan fired an 88 and Chrisman’s Eli Martin shot 96 to earn conference medals.
Fort Osage totaled 414 as a team to finish fifth. Chrisman posted a 423 to finish seventh.
“Our target score was to try to stay under 420, so for us, that was a solid score,” Fort Osage coach Roger Hunt said. “I thought the kids handled the course well.”
Jayden Richardson shot 105, followed by Ethan Carson (107), Coby Berg (114) and Dalton Archer (116) to complete the Indians’ scorecard.
Following Martin for Chrisman were Davion Lopez (100), Jeffrey Parker (119) and Seth Curtis (126).
“Despite finishing 15th Eli was a little disappointed. He felt that his putter let him down,” Chrisman coach John Beaman said. “Overall I was happy with how the boys were thinking their way around the course, choosing long irons, or hybrids instead of driver.”
Liberty North claimed the team crown with a 326 total. Staley’s Easton Sabina won medalist honors with a 76.