May 27, 2004

Tiger Golfers Finish 11th In State Championship Tourney

Since the creation of the schoolís golf team less than a decade ago, Scotland County has become a regular at the Missouri Class 1 State Championship.

The 2004 SCR-I squad finished as the 11th best team in the state in Division 1 by shooting a 735 in the two-day championship tourney held at Springfieldís Deer Lake Golf Course May 17-18.

Salisbury won the state title with a score of 640 followed by Valle Catholic with a 674. SCR-I district rival Van Far finished fifth overall with a team score of 685.

For three of the five Scotland County golfers it was their first taste of state competition. For one of the teamís two veterans of Missouriís top golf tourney, it was his last.

Senior Corvin Drummond made the most of his return to the state finals by shooting an 84 on the final day of the tournament to finish with a two-day score of 170 to lead the Tigers. Drummond finished tied for the 29th best score out of the stateís top 120 golfers.

A pair of freshmen finished with the next best scores for the Tigers. Marcus Shalley carded an opening-round 88 before finishing the event with a 96. His two-day score of 184 tied Shalley for the 69th best score in the event.

Zach McBee was just one shot off that pace, tying for the 71st best score with a two-day total of 185.

Sophomore Kyle Lister, who was playing in his second state playoffs, finished the day with a score of 198. He shot a 98 on day one, before closing out the event with a score of 100 in the second round.

Logan Trueblood finished next in line for SCR-I with a two-day total of 199. He carded a 101 in his first try at the course before settling down on day two to finish with a 98.

Salisburyís Gabe George won top individual honors. The junior golfer was two-over par on day one before trimming both those shots off his score on day two to finish with a two-day total of 146.

The Albany team had two of the top four individual performances but still finished eighth overall. Case Ruckman, a senior was second overall with a 150 while teammate Corey Youngclaus, a sophomore was fourth with a 155.

The Tigers finished in sixth place in the state in 2003. Drummond tied for the ninth best performance with a 163 while Lister tied for 97th.



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