WOOD RIVER – Two tournaments, two victories. The Marquette Catholic High boys’ golf team is on the right course.
The Explorers shot a sizzling 293 score Thursday at Belk Park and repeated as small-school champions of the Madison County Tournament. Marquette carded a 298 to finish first Tuesday in the season-opening Alton Redbirds’ Tee-Off Classic at the Spencer T. Olin Course.
“I don’t know of any Marquette team that has shot those scores in the first two tournaments of the season,” said Explorers’ coach Pat Moore, a former golfer at the school. “It’s a pretty awesome start and the kids are relaxed.”
Edwardsville was just as cool, calm and collected in the large-school division. The Tigers also posted a scorching 293 score to successfully defend their title.
“That’s a good score for us and we have been playing well,” said first-year coach Adam Tyler, an East Alton-Wood River High graduate.
Edwardsville recorded a 302 score Tuesday, good for second in the AHS tourney.
Tyler noted, “It’s one day, one shot at a time for us.”
Ben Tyrrell of the Tigers continued his torrid start. The junior logged a 5-under-par 67 to finish first individually. He shot a 66 to win the Redbirds’ Tee-Off Classic.
“It’s a pretty good start and I want to keep it going,” Tyrrell said. “I love the team aspect of golf and the start I’m having pushes me to shoot lower and lower scores.”
EA-WR coach Dave Sobol said of Tyrrell: “He’s the real deal.”
Luke Babington (74), Tanner White (75) and Spencer Patterson (77) also figured in the Tigers’ scoring.
Michael Holtz (71), Nick Messinger (72), Kolten Bauer (74) and Sam Cogan (76) paced Marquette, which sported a 64-stroke advantage over second place Civic Memorial.
Holtz, a senior, shared small-school medalist honors with EA-WR senior Drew Sobol. Both notched 1-under-par 71s.
“I hope this is a preview of what could be for us this season,” Holtz said of the Explorers’ quick getaway. “It’s a confidence-booster for us to start the season this way. Everybody is playing well right now.”
Moore added, “It’s fun to watch this because the kids’ hard work is proving to have good results.”
Drew Sobol is also having fun. He improved eight strokes in two days and some of that could come from playing at Belk, his home course.
“I love playing here,” he said. “I’d say my round was all right today because I left a lot of putts out there.”
Dave Sobol, Drew’s dad, said his son did just fine.
“He had a good score today, with three birdies and two bogeys,” Dave Sobol said. “Drew knows what he needs to do and he goes out and does it.”
CM (357), EA-WR (380), Roxana (381) and Metro East Lutheran (418) rounded out the small-school team competition. D.J. Villhard, the lone player from Father McGivney in Maryville, shot an 83.
Tristan Frank posted a 79 to pace CM and Will Spencer complemented him with an 80.
The Eagles have a new coach in Ty Laux. He replaced Steve Carey, who retired.
“It has been a lot of fun so far,” Laux said. “We have a lot of good kids and three varsity players returning.”
Scott Anderson led Roxana with a 78. The junior could be the key to the Shells’ fortunes this season.
“He’s our best player,” Shells’ coach Jeff Pare said. “We have three returning players, but a lot of inexperience overall.”
Braden Woolsey notched a 92, best for MELHS, which is coached by Tim Lorenz.
Edwardsville finished 38 strokes ahead of Triad and Collinsville in the large-school action. The Knights and the Kahoks each shot a 331. Highland (350), Granite City (370) and Alton (380) completed that side of the field.
Riley Brown (82) and Drew Wielgus (84) were best for the Warriors, while Matt Moore (86) led the Redbirds.
“We have a young team and we still are shaking off the rust,” AHS coach Zachary Deeder said. “We’re a work in progress.”
MADISON COUNTY BOYS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Aug. 18 at Belk Park Golf Course, Wood River
Team results -- Edwardsville 293, Collinsville 331, Triad 331, Highland 350, Granite City 370, Alton 378
Individual results -- Ben Tyrrell, Edwardsville 67; Luke Babington, Edwardsville 74; Tanner White, Edwardsville, 75; John Misiewicz, Collinsville, 75; Spencer Patterson, Edwardsville, 77; Ben Bahuns, Highland, 79, Jon Ratterman, Edwardsville, 80; Mason Groshans, Collinsville, 80; Cameron Lambert, Triad, 80; Nick Bryan, Triad, 81; Brandon Munie, Highland, 81
Team results -- Marquette Catholic 293, Civic Memorial 357, East Alton-Wood River 380, Roxana 381, Metro-East Lutheran 418
Michael Holtz, Marquette Catholic, 71; Drew Sobol, East Alton-Wood River, 71; Nick Messinger, Marquette Catholic, 72; Kolten Bauer, Marquette, 74; Sam Cogan, Marquette Catholic, 76; Scott Anderson, Roxana, 78; Jack Patterson, Marquette, 79; Tristan Frank, Civic Memorial 79; Will Spencer, Civic Memorial, 80; Duncan McClain, Marquette Catholic, 82.