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Golfers place third in Sikeston Invitational

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

E.C. Atchison
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Country Club hosted 14 local golf teams on Monday for the annual Sikeston Invitational.

The Bulldogs fired their best round of the year on their home course with a team score of 304, but it was only good enough for third place.

"The course and weather were perfect today and the scores reflected the setting," said Sikeston coach Rick Oetting. "The competition was strong, and the grounds crew verta-cut the greens and dressed them so the putting was fast. That always brings out great scores."

Poplar Bluff and Cape Central both fired banner rounds, finishing at 293 and 296 respectively to take first and second.

Individually, first place came down to a three-hole playoff between Sikeston's E.C. Atchison and Cape Central's Todd Obergoenner, after both shot a two-under 69.

"Atchison made great up-and-down shots to carry over the playoff to a third hole," explained Oetting. "Todd just made too many great tee shots and won the last hole with a par. I was really proud of how the two boys played with 50 spectators watching every swing."

Behind Atchison's 69, Tanner Fritz came in with a 77. Martin Schaefer and Matt Bain both scored a 79 for the Bulldogs.

"The team turned in great scores," said Oetting. "These are the type of scores we need to carry into next week's district meet at Bent Creek. The teams that beat us today are in different districts, but I think we would be a good bet for champs either way. This team is improving every time out."

Overall, behind Obergoenner and Atchison, Poplar Bluff's Adam Hutson took third place with a 71. Teammate Jake Robertson took fourth with a 72.

Cape's Blake Driskell and Dexter's Ryan Jackson both shot a 73. Bluff's Josh Dowdy, Dexter's Tyler Holden and Bluff's Dexter's Busby all came in at 75.

Cape's Ty Gramling, Jackson's Matt Litzelfelner and Jackson's Blake McDowell all shot 76s.


MALDEN -- Beth St. Mary was 4-for-4 with two doubles and Mindy Stafford was 4-for-5 with a double as Portageville's softball team blistered Malden 22-6 on Monday.

Behind St. Mary and Stafford, Heather Turley was 2-for-3 and freshman Casey Farmer also contributed a double.

"We switched up the batter order today and were able to produce more runs," said Portageville coach Michelle Goodbread. "Both Beth and Mindy are having a pretty strong year. They both led us today."

On the mound, Stafford picked up the win, allowing six runs on seven hits and six walks. She hit one batter and took eight down via strikeout.

Malden's Bryant was charged with the loss. Portageville (3-5) will travel to Kennett today.