SEDALIA — Following the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the 2020 significant college boys golf year, Hickman mentor Aaron Heath experienced a choice to make pertaining to his team’s personnel.
“We determined to preserve all the boys to test to fill teams. We experienced 20, which was a fairly big range for boys golfing in significant college,” Heath reported. “We labored on it and we were capable to get the boys up listed here. I’m tremendous happy of the boys this year. It all sort of came alongside one another.”
“Up here” was the Class 5 tournament, which concluded Tuesday at Sedalia Place Club, exactly where the Kewpies compiled a two-working day overall of 613 to finish in a tie with Marquette for fifth spot, just 23 strokes guiding winner Chaminade.
“It was a really significant deal simply because even some of the very best groups in the condition did not get to arrive as a staff,” Hickman junior Joe Devoy explained. “I consider it was a significant accomplishment that we acquired to come as a group no make any difference what transpired.”
Fellow junior David Polacek led the way for the Kewpies, as the overseas exchange scholar from the Czech Republic carded a two-day overall of 2-more than-par 142 to finish in fifth position.
Polacek fired a scorching 2-below 68 in Monday’s opening round to land himself in the last threesome of the day on Tuesday where he pale just a bit with a 4-over 74.
“I come to feel like I performed much better (Monday) since I’m from Center Europe, so I am utilised to it a tiny colder. It was situations that I am utilized to, so it performed into my cards, I would say,” Polacek explained Tuesday. “I was hitting the ball considerably superior yesterday. I hit 15 greens and I was pretty happy about that. I really feel like I was struggling with my method photographs now, so that was the difference for me, I believe.”
Polacek will head home in a pair weeks to prepare for his senior yr, but will acquire with him fond recollections of his time at Hickman.
“This encounter was incredible,” he mentioned. “I have a excellent friendship with men on the staff. I experienced some mates in university. My English enhanced a large amount this year. I am rather delighted about that. That was my most significant goal.”
In contrast to Polacek, sophomore Blake Bullock experienced a much better second round. The Rock Bridge transfer carded an 80 on Monday before rebounding with a 74 on Tuesday. Bullock begun the second round a tiny tough, but finished robust.
“It was just a few-putts. That was my mess-up,” he claimed. “I’d strike the environmentally friendly and then 3-putt, and I also experienced a double and bogey. (At the finish), I just hit the center of the inexperienced and then two-putted.”
Junior Jackson Kreisman tallied a two-day overall of 158, although Devoy, who goes to Columbia Independent College but performs for Hickman in a co-op, was proper guiding him at 159, including five pars and a birdie on No. 18 to complete his event on a significant take note.
“Honestly, both equally days had been extremely comparable,” Devoy explained. “I was struggling for the initially 9, 10 holes and variety of pulled it together a minimal bit to salvage some thing.”
Rock Bridge junior Willie Hose, the only Bruin to make it to point out, completed in 53rd place with a complete of 157.
“First working day, I hit the ball very well. I just couldn’t make putts,” he stated. “Second day, I experienced a superior front 9 and rolled in some putts. But on the back again 9, two triples just killed me.”