By ERIC X. VICCARO
Ste. Genevieve Golf Club was recently named by Rural Missouri Magazine as one of the best courses in the Show-Me State.
Today, the golf club welcomes a slew of boys’ teams for the 10th Annual Ste. Genevieve Invitational.
“It’s absolutely crucial for the existence of our program,” Ste. Genevieve R-II athletic director Dr. Jeff Nix said regarding the importance of having SGGC in our backyard — so to speak.
There wouldn’t be either Ste. Genevieve boys’ or girls’ teams without the 6,396-yard, par-72 course located in Zell. There isn’t another 18-hole facility within a 30-mile drive of downtown Ste. Genevieve.
There will be a coaches meeting at 8:30 a.m., with play beginning at 9.
Nix sent a letter to participating teams with the ground rules for this year’s event.
Each team is allowed to carry five golfers, with four counted scores.
A plaque will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams, with medals given to the top-10 players. Ties will be determined by a match of score cards.
Last week, Ste. Genevieve finished 10th in a field of 19 squads at the Farmington Invitational — which took place at the posh Crown Pointe Country Club and Resort.
Boys played from the blue tees, which measures 6,720 yards — a stern, lengthy test for high schoolers.
The Dragons carded a 375, 87-over par. Ste. Genevieve was one stroke behind Cape Notre Dame, but 10 ahead of Festus.
Jackson was tops with a composite of 329, with Lindbergh second six strokes back. North County was next in third (342).
The Indians’ Carsen Silliman was the meet medalist, firing an even-par 72, three strokes fewer than Lindbergh’s Thomas Heisner.
Bryce Barley continued his fine play for the Dragons, carding an 89, which featured four pars on his round. Barley continues to show consistency, with scores in the upper 80s.
Other counted scores were turned in by Landon Rose and Luke Basler — both posting 94s — and Grant Weiler with a 98. Basler also had four pars on his card, and Rose had two.
Kellen Hogenmiller also scored 98; however, his score didn’t count toward the team total.
Ste. Genevieve continues to gain experience playing the Crown Pointe course, and the Dragons played there yet again yesterday in a triangular versus Potosi and Park Hills Central.