SIKESTON -- The first ever SEMO Conference Golf Tournament took place at the Bootheel Golf Club in Sikeston on Monday.
The event, organized by New Madrid County Central coach Sherry Copeland, was an overwhelming success and will become an annual event.
"All the coaches were pleased with how the tournament went," said Sikeston coach Rick Oetting. "Sherry Copeland did a great job with it, I think it is going to be a great filler in the future between districts and state."
Poplar Bluff won the tournament with a team score of 315. Jackson came in second at 316. Dexter and Sikeston tied for third at 326.
Notre Dame finished fifth with a 363, followed by Doniphan at 365, NMCC and Clearwater at 371 and Caruthersville at 410.
"Overall, I was pleased with our team's performance," said Oetting. "If you take away a couple of holes that got away from a couple of the kids, I think we had a great round."
Poplar Bluff's Josh Dowdy and Dexter's Chad Gill tied for low medalist honors with a score of 76. Sikeston's E.C. Atchison and Poplar Bluff's Ben Brummitt tied for third with scores of 77 on the par 72 course.
Jackson's Matt Litzelfelner took fifth place with a 78.
"We started out with gale-force winds, clouds and a little bit of sitting rain," explained Oetting. "After about four or five holes, all of a sudden it dried up, got sunny and about 85 degrees with no wind. As the day went on, on the last four or five holes, we had what we call traditional winds over at the Bootheel, which are pretty steady."
Behind Atchison, Sikeston scorers were Jonathan Spence at 80, Tanner Fritz at 84 and Matt Bain at 85. Fritz fired a 36 on the front but struggled with the conditions on the back.
"We will face these type of winds over at Springfield on the front nine," said Oetting, referring to his team's upcoming state meet at the Rivercut Golf Course.
The state meet will take place May 13-14.