May 22, 2008

Rough Round 2 Drops Spurgeon to 71st at State Golf Tournament

A tough outing on Day 2 of the 2008 Missouri Class 1 boys state golf tournament cost Joe Spurgeon a few spots in the standings, but Scotland Countys lone representative in the event still finished in 71st position among the 125 entrants.

The SCR-I senior started out strong at the Silo Ridge Golf & Country Club in Bolivar. Spurgeon carded an opening round 87 on the par 72, 6,536 yard long course. That score had him in a 7-way tie at 29th overall on the leader board.

J. D. Nash, a senior from Newburg, was just one over par on the first 36 holes to sit in first place with a score of 73. Trey Allison was in second place. The senior from Tipton was one stroke off the lead with a 74 and just one shot ahead of third place golfer Josh Sadler, a junior from Windsor who shot a 75 in the opening round.

But May 13th was a different day for Spurgeon. He carded a 99 on day two to finish with a two-day total of 186, which tied him for 71st overall.

First-day leader Nash shot a 79 on Day 2 to take home a piece of the state title with a two-day score of 152. Sadler carded a 77 on Day 2 and Allison came in with a 78 to give both golfers a final tally of 152 and a share of the title.

Shane Kressig from Salisbury, was the only golfer to break par in the event. His second-round 71 was a tourney best and narrowly missed giving the junior a part of the state crown. He finished one stroke shy of the top spot, earning fourth place with a score of 153.

Garrett Carver, a senior from West Nowaday rounded out the top five with a final score of 156.

Tipton claimed the team crown with a two-day total of 657. Lees Summit Community Christian was second with a 686 followed by Greenwood (701), Rock Port (708) and Thayer (719). Local district champs Marceline finished ninth with a 756.

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