Sophomore returning starter carded a 47 in dual matches against Savannah, Hamilton: Penney, King City at Savannah Wednesday, March 27. CHS beat King City, lost to others

SAVANNAH, Mo. — Although all five Chillicothe (Mo.) HS golf Hornets began their 2019 season in Wednesday, March 27th's dual matches against three foes with scores better than their 2018 season 9-holes averages, the Hornets managed to defeat only one of their three foes.

Led by sophomore Colby Gillespie’s 47, which equaled the sixth-best individual round of the day, Chillicothe posted a low-4 team score of 213, 32 shots better than tiny King City while 30 strokes behind Savannah and 19 back of Hamilton: Penney.

The 4-teams match’s individual medalist was Leron Dunnington of Hamilton, who fired an even 40. Savannah easily produced the best team score by having three players post rounds between 41 and 46 strokes.

Gillespie, who averaged between 58 and 59 swings every nine holes in 2018, was nearly a dozen strokes better than that Wednesday, even though slotted in the No. 3 spot in the senior-less CHS lineup, based on preseason practice rounds.

Several of the other four Hornets – all of whom played at least some in the varsity lineup a year ago – also were markedly better than their 2018 averages.

CHS’ second-best round at Savannah Wednesday came from another 10th grader, Dalton Ripley. He posted a 54, one shot less than junior third-year starter C.J. Williams.

Completing Chillicothe’s scoring quartet was Spencer Riddle, who used 57 swings to get around the course in brisk, but mostly sunny and relatively-calm, conditions.

Not used for the Hornets’ team-score tabulation was Spencer Shira’s 59. He, like Riddle, also is a sophomore.

In terms of their hole-by-hole play, compared to par, Williams parred the par-5 second hole and par-3 fifth, Gillespie the par-3 third, and Shira played No. 5 even, too. Gillespie and Ripley each played two-thirds of the holes in five shots or less.

In addition to Dunnington’s medal-earning round, Hamilton: Penney also had a 49 from Memphis Kinne, a 50 by Braden Potts, and Nick Wyckoff’s 57 to produce its 194 total.

Chillicothe’s golfers now will practice some more before having their next competition at Lawson next Tuesday.