Platte County hosted a change of pace tournament on Monday, April 16 at Shiloh Springs Golf Course in Platte City.
The Pirate Scramble Invitational brought 15 schools to complete in a two-man scramble format at the Pirates’ home course.
“The team had a fun day out on the course today,” Pirates coach Trevor Short said. “This was the first time that we have been able to play the scramble format and the team really enjoyed the experience. It was a great break from the usual stroke play and it encouraged a lot strategy that was utilized before and during the tournament. I let the team decide who their partners were going to be since it was their tournament to enjoy. Out on the course there were a lot of decisions that needed to be made after each shot. Whether or not the first player had an errant shot decided what the second player needed to do to get the team back into position. It was a great team building exercise as well as a great opportunity to strategies with a teammate, something you’re not allowed to do during regular competition.”
Park Hill dominated the field, winning by 10 strokes with a team 4-under 209 on the par-71 course.
The Trojans went 1-2 in the final team standings with Ryan Graves and Grant Schumacher topping the field with a 4-under 67. Seniors Davin Dorrell and Randen Plattner carded the only other round in the 60s with a 2-under 69 to take second. Joey Keeth and Jack Ficken finished in 11th place with a 2-over 73.
Platte County finished seventh as a team with a 233 team total. Logan Hessemyer and Jack Laderoute shot an even-par 71 to take sixth for the Pirates low round of the day.
Bradley Poos and Matt Blaha tied for 19th with a 77 and Brady Wright and Grant Gomel tied for 27th with an 85 to round out the Pirates team score.
Platte County Invitational
The Pirates finished second in a makeshift tournament held Friday, April 13, at Shiloh Springs Golf Course.
The tournament was comprised 10 teams, eight varsity squads, as a way for teams to get more time on the links after many postponements and cancellations this spring.
The Pirates shot 345, two strokes off Kearney and ahead of Blue Springs, Park Hill, Summit Christian Academy, Truman, Center, and Winnetonka.
Platte County had four of the top 10 golfers in the field. Jack Laderoute shot 83 to tie for second with Kearney’s Zach Nissen.
Logan Hessemeyer shot 85 for the Pirates to take fourth place.
Bradley Poos tied for eighth after shooting 88, while Matt Blaha was one shot behind and tied for 10th.
Brady Wright rounded out the varsity golfers for Platte County with a 94, tying for 15th place.
The Pirates had a second team compete in the field as well and all five golfers placed between 31st and 42nd.
Alex Stallo shot 104 to take 31st, one spot and one shot ahead of teamamate Grant Gomel, part of a four-way tie for 32nd.
Evan Handke shot 109 to take 38th, while Nick Maddux (117) and Grant Stathopoulos (121) finished 41st and 42nd, respectively.
The tournament title was won by Alex Brown of Summit Christian Academy, who shot 81.
Platte County Triangular
The Pirates swept a Suburban Conference Blue division triangular match on Wednesday, April 11 at Shiloh Springs Golf Course.
The Pirates shot a 183 to claim the win with Laderoute earning medalist honrs with a 7-over 41 played on the par-34 back nine at the course. Bradley Poos shot a 45, Matt Blaha carded a 47 and Brady Wright and Grant Gomel each shot a 50 to round out the team score.
“It was a good win for us today,” Short said. “We had to adjust our game to the windy conditions, but this time of year we will see that a lot as the temperatures begin to rise. We didn’t play our best golf and are still trying to get into a rhythm by spending more time on the course to get the ball rolling. Laderoute earned his first medalist honors of the season and he continues to be a strong leader of our team.”
Park Hill South showed its potential with a big win at the on Tuesday, April 10 on the Posse Course of the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex in Smithville, Mo.
The Panthers golfers placed 1-2-3 to lead a resurgent victory with a season low 325, seven strokes better than second place rivals Park Hill.
Chris Walker led the field with a 5-over 77 on the day, followed by Kevin Ryan who shot a 7-over 79 and Jay Threadgill who carded a 9-over 81 to tie for third place with Park Hill’s Davin Dorrell and Platte County’s Logan Hessemeyer .
Harrison Feester rounded out the Panthers team score with a 20th-place showing, scoring a 16-over 88.
All four Trojans golfers finished in the medals but the 1-2-3 finish for Park Hill South provided enough cushion.
Grant Schumaker carded a 10-over 82 while, junior Ryan Graves finished ninth with an 11-over 83. Senior Randen Plattner rounded out the Trojans team score with a 15th-place finish, shooting a 14-over 86.
Platte County finished sixth in the 21-team field with a 357, six strokes ahead of Smithville who will be a district opponent for the Pirates and nine strokes behind Kearney, a conference foe, who finished as the top Class 3 team with a fourth-place showing.
Jack Laderoute (91), Matt Blaha (92) and Bradley Poos (93) rounded out the Pirates’ team score.