Slone and Trojans win Marshall County tourney
CULVER — When Triton senior Chandler Slone double bogeyed 17, he could feel the championship slipping away. But he recovered with a 15-foot putt for birdie on the 18th green at Mystic, earning the right to go out on top.
Slone was low medalist with a 78, and the Trojans swept the top three spots to win for the fifth straight time with a dominant 320 at the annual Marshall County Golf Tournament at Mystic Hills Saturday.
Culver Military placed second with a 356, John Glenn finished third just three stokes back with a 359, LaVille was fourth with a score of 361, Culver Community was fifth with a 371 score, and Bremen placed sixth with a 382.
The blustery, wet weather and an hour lightning delay early in the round played havoc on many golfers’ scores, but the conditions may ironically have played right into Slone’s hands, the Triton senior said.
“Today was really windy. I just had to keep the ball low, and that really plays into my game; I don’t hit the ball that high,” Slone said. “I was just hitting the ball on the fairway on the back nine and putting it where it needed to be, pretty much. I doubled the par 3 17 but made a 15-foot birdie on 18 to kind of tie it up.”
“It feels really good,” he added. “I’m a team player; I don’t really care about the first place, I just wanted to win as a team. Our coach deserves it.”
“Chandler’s is a great score because he’s probably the kid that complained more than anybody this morning,” laughed Triton head coach Jack Carpenter. “He started off with a struggle, but he chipped in for a birdie on 8, and I think that kind of jump-started his round from there. Then he comes to the back nine and birdies another par 3 and finishes with a birdie. Kind of something that we’ve worked on with him is he has a very poor attitude at times, he gets down on himself, a little angry, so I’ve probably gotten on him more this year than I have in the past because we need him. We just don’t have the option or the luxury of throwing out a score like we have in the past.”
Slone beat out teammate and two-time defending Marshall County champion Quentyn Carpenter by a stroke for low medalist honors after the junior double bogeyed the final hole to miss out on the championship for the first time in his high school career. Tanner Shepherd turned in a strong 80 to tie with Culver Community’s Trent Elliott for third-place honors, while Ryan Rapp was seventh with an 83 as Triton five-peated at the meet.
“We shoot 160 on the back nine which is better than we shot on the front nine, which here is usually just the opposite. I’m very pleased with the back nine, how we came around,” said Jack Carpenter.
“Probably the best score of the bunch is the Shepherd boy. He’s really been inconsistent for me. We’ve been a little inconsistent with our scores since we haven’t had that four and five like we’ve had in the past years. For him today, that’s a good score for him to shoot 80.”
CMA was led meanwhile by Ben Sharff’s 85 for eighth place individually, while Michael Heidkamp and Tim Thompson turned in dual 88s in a two-way tie for ninth place, and Zach Allyn shot a 95 for the second-place Eagles.
“I thought they played very well considering the conditions,” said CMA assistant coach Karen Rudd, filling in for Fred Haase. “I’m happy with second place considering who we play against. Triton’s a good team.”
Glenn head coach Randy Schmeltz was also happy with his team’s finish at the meet.
Tyler Prentkowski shot an 81 to tie with LaVille’s Zach Gurtner for fifth individually, while Michael Schmeltz was one stroke away from medalling with an 89, Austen Hayes shot a 92, and Ben Weiss turned in a 97.
“I’m pretty happy, actually,” said Randy Schmeltz. “I know Tyler had a nice front nine. He’s done that a couple times this year; he’s just waiting to finish off the back nine, and I still expect him to do that before the season’s over. An 89 from Michael Schmeltz, I don’t know that he’s been in the 80s yet this year. We almost got runner up in Marshall County. That’s big jump for us,”
Meanwhile for LaVille, Cam Gurtner came in behind Zach with a 91, while Grant Frick and Blake Berger shot scores of 94 and 95, respectively to push the Lancers into a fourth-place finish in Kevin Stuckmeyer’s first year as head coach.
“With the conditions it was hard for me to really judge what we would do. I was hoping that we’d shoot consistent from how we have been, finish towards the top half,” said Stuckmeyer. “Our number one, Zach Gurtner, shot an 81, which is pretty decent with the conditions. He didn’t putt real well, but not too bad of a day.”
“It’s been fun,” said Stuckmeyer of taking over the LaVille program. “Steve Read, a longtime coach at LaVille, has really helped me out and helped the kids out with their swings and that sort of thing. Not being real experienced with the game of golf, I’ve just tried to teach them mental toughness and managing the course. We have some really good kids that have played golf since they were really young so it’s nice to have a team that has some experience and some guys that really enjoy doing it.”
Culver was paced by Elliott’s 80, while Luke Dunfee shot a 92, Zach Duplay came in in 95, and Cody Peterson carded a 104 for the Cavs on their home course.
“Trent Elliott ended up as one of the medalists with an 80. He shot a 42 on the front; and I talked to him at the turn, and he wasn’t overly pleased with his front side,” said Culver head coach Kyle Elliott. “Obviously, the conditions had something to do with that, but he got a little bulldog in him and fought back on the back nine — which is traditionally tougher — and shot a 38. I’m very pleased for him to bounce back and have a nice back side.”
Micah Knoblock led Bremen with a 90, while Nate Strehler shot a 94, Kevin Woodyard shot a 95, and Sky Allen turned in a 103 for the Lions’ fourth score at the meet.
• MARSHALL COUNTY TOURNAMENT
At Mystic Hills
Team scores: 1. TRITON 320, 2. CULVER MILITARY 356, 3. GLENN 359, 4. LaVILLE 361, 5. CULVER 371, 6. BREMEN 382
Top 10: 1. Chandler Slone (T) 78, 2. Quentyn Carpenter (T) 79, 3. TIE Tanner Shepherd (T), Trent Elliot (C) 80, 5. TIE Tyler Prentkowski (G), Zach Gurtner (L) 81, 7. Ryan Rapp (T) 83, 8. Ben Sharff (CMA) 85, 9. TIE Michael Heidkamp, Tim Thompson (CMA) 88
TRITON (320): Chandler Slone 78, Quentyn Carpenter 79, Tanner Shepherd 80, Ryan Rapp 83, Austin Kanarr 102.
CMA (356): Ben Sharff 85, Michael Heidkamp 88, Tim Thompson 88, Zach Allyn 95, Michael Bunn 97.
GLENN (359): Tyler Prentkowski 82, Michael Schmeltz 89, Austen Hayes 92, Ben Weiss 97, Dylan VanHuss 98.
LaVILLE (361): Zach Gurtner 81, Cam Gurtner 91, Grant Frick 94, Blake Berger 95, Zach Hostetler 99.
CULVER (371): Trent Elliott 80, Luke Dunfee 92, Zach Duplay 95, Cody Peterson 104, Caleb Dehning 146.
BREMEN (382): Micah Knoblock 90, Nate Strehler 94, Kevin Woodyard 95, Sky Allen 103, Brad Foster 104.