Hornets senior ties for ninth with 89 Wednesday. St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond team champ behind individual medalist Jungbluth's sharp 75 in wind, cold
MARYVILLE, Mo. — Chillicothe High School senior Hayden Montgomery on Wednesday battled through cold, gusty conditions on a tough course to repeat as a medal winner and all-conference golfer.
Delayed by a couple of days, due to poor weather and wet conditions, the 2018 Midland Empire Conference Championship was played at the Mozingo Golf Course in not-appreciably-different conditions Wednesday, April 18, and produced expected results.
Defending individual champion Brooks Jungbluth of St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond defied the poor scoring conditions with a round of 75, pacing BLHS’ Golden Eagles to the 2018 MEC title by a 6-shots margin over Cameron, 350-356.
While the team-title competition was relatively tight, although not as close among the top two as last year when Maryville edged Bishop LeBlond by a single shot, the individual outcome was very clear-cut.
Jungbluth, who shared the conference title with a Maryville golfer last year, out-distanced Trace Walters of Smithville by seven strokes this year.
Chillicothe Hornets senior Hayden Montgomery needed three more shots over the 18 holes than he did in 2017 at St. Joseph’s Fairview Golf Course, carding a 43-46–89 at Mozingo, but improved his place finish by one, tying for ninth with Hank Lierz of Bishop LeBlond.
That made Montgomery, CHS’ only senior, an all-MEC golfer for the second time.
Just as Montgomery did, the Hornets improved their place in the final standings, even though their raw score was higher.
Last among the eight league members a year ago despite a 401 score, this year Chillicothe’s very young group placed sixth with a 442. St. Joseph: Benton with a 451 and St. Joseph: Laf-ayette with a 467 finished behind the Hornets.
Smithville (362), Savannah (374), and Maryville (376) took third through fifth.
Individually for Chillicothe, besides Montgomery’s 89, freshman Spencer Shira produced, by far, his best showing thus far, shooting a 56-49–105.
Also scoring for CHS were sophomore C.J. Williams with a 62-58–120 and frosh Colby GIll-espie with a 65-63–128.
Not used for the Hornets’ team score was the 70-77–147 of ninth grader Keagan Valbracht.
Chillicothe will follow Wednesday’s tough weather conditions – Hornets head coach Jim Wheeler reports the still-air temperature never rose above 37 degrees and the wind consistently blew in excess of 20 miles per hour – by hosting its annual invitational tourney at Green Hills Golf Course Thursday in considerably milder conditions with sunshine and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s.