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Surging Bluff wins SHS tourney

Tuesday, April 24, 2001


Strong winds and rain didn't keep 14 area golf teams from competing in the Sikeston Invitational on Monday.

When it was all said and done, surging Poplar Bluff kept on its winning path, taking the invitational crown back west with a team score of 300.

"Poplar Bluff has been in a groove here lately," said Sikeston coach Rick Oetting. "They're set to take the 4A District this year. The look these young men had today reminded you of the pros trying to make the cut for a big tournament, regardless what Mother Nature throws at them."

Sikeston took second place with 312, winning a tiebreaker over Jackson. The two schools were followed by Notre Dame (318), Dexter (319), St. Vincent (321), Cape Central (325), Caruthersville (325), Kennett (326), Farmington (333), Sikeston B (338), NMCC (339), Clearwater (357) and Malden (359).

Kennett's Bryan Schumate fired the lowest round of the game, with a two-under-par 69.

"Schumate is a wonderful golfer to sit there and watch," said Oetting. "He's got a big hit, and he's really good on his approach shots. He was probably the longest golfer out there."

Poplar Bluff's Matt Hillis checked in with a 79, followed by Sikeston's Brandon Couch at 73.

"Brandon has been playing heads up golf all season long," said Oetting. "When he's with the good competition, he hangs right in there. He and Matt Hillis are both going to be at SEMO next year, and it's kind of neat to see them play in these matches and bring the best out in each other."

Other invitational medalists were Jackson's Kyle Perry (74), Poplar Bluff's Nick Devine (75), Poplar Bluff's Ben Brummitt (76), St. Vincent's Craig Schumer (76), Jackson's Matt Litz (76), Notre Dame's Tim Buereck (77), Cape Central's Todd Obengenner (77), Dexter's Kyle Christian (77), and Farmington's Eric Griggs (77).

"We wondered if we were going to get it in," said Oetting. "It would start pouring, then it would back off a little bit. I think all of the coaches were very surprised with the scores, especially at the top."

After Couch, Sikeston saw scores from Tanner Fritz (78), Jonathan Spence (89), Brandon DeWitt (81), and John Fuch's tie-breaking 83.

Sikeston will be back in action on Wednesday, hosting NMCC at the Bootheel Golf Club.