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Dexter claims district

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

FARMINGTON -- Sikeston failed to qualify any golfers for state at the Class 3 District Tournament held at Eagle Lake Golf Course in Farmington on Tuesday.

"Our young team struggled today and for the first time in a very long time we had no one qualify for state," said Sikeston coach Rick Oetting.

Sikeston finished eighth out of 11 teams, shooting a 386.

Sikeston closes the season at the SEMO Conference Tournament at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday.

Dexter's Andrew Stuever fired a 1-under-par round of 71 to earn medalist honors and help lead the Bearcats to their second district title in three years as Dexter produced a surprisingly easy 16-stroke win over the second-place Farmington Knights Tuesday at Eagle Lake Golf Club in Farmington.

"I just wanted to finish what I started three years ago," Stuever said after he was the only golfer to post a score under par on the rain-soaked Eagle Lake course. "I had an awful round last year, so I felt like I had to get some redemption."

Dexter finished a close second to Farmington last year on the Knights' home course, so this win was especially satisfying.

"This is the biggest tournament of the year and we pulled through," said Dexter's Dax Demaree, a district champion himself as a sophomore who carded a 77 for solo third place in the medalist race this year.

"I'm pretty happy about it, especially with Stuever coming up with that big 71."

Dexter's team score of 324 easily beat that of second-place Farmington with 340. North County finished third at 345 and Cape Girardeau Notre Dame was fourth at 351 in the 11-team field.

Dexter will now advance to the MSHSAA Class 3 State Tournament May 15-16 at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club in Bolivar.

Scores counting in the Bearcats' final tally -- along with Stuever's 71 and Demaree's 77 -- were senior Aaron Jackson's with a hard-luck round of 84 and sophomore Dillion Demaree's 92. Dexter's fifth man was sophomore Luke Rhine (112), who has seen limited varsity action this season.

"We thought we had a chance to win, but I didn't really expect the district champion and the district championship," Dexter coach Eric Sitze said after the impressive performance by his team. "But that's just great. Seventy-one, 1-under-par, might be a school record.

"All along this year, we knew we had three really good golfers and we knew we needed that fourth score," Sitze continued. "And it was the same today. Even though there is probably a lot of people who will think 92 is not a great score, this is a tough course and Dillion (Demaree) has done a lot of improving this year. His score was a good fourth score for us."

Stuever blistered the front nine, carding four birdies on his way to a 2-under 34. He held it together on the back nine with eight pars and a lone bogey on the 192-yard par-3 13th.

"The opening tee shot," Stuever said when asked when he knew he was in store for a good round. "I bombed the opening tee shot and I knew I had to get some redemption and come through for my team this year.

"I got it rolling early," he said of his four birdies through the first six holes. "The irons (shots) were to about 10 feet and the putts were going dead center."

As for bringing it home on the back, "I just kept thinking 'it's not over, it's not over, it can always go bad' and I thought about every shot as I came in."

Jackson experienced just the opposite of Stuever's early round success. While attempting to check the line of a putt from just off the green on the 168-yard par-3 fourth, Jackson's putter slipped forward under his weight on the early morning wet grass as he bent down, hitting the ball and incurring a one-

stroke penalty. He regrouped to finish with a 40 on the front nine before more back luck came his way.

"I wish our spotter had been on the 150 yard marker when I hit my drive on No. 10," Jackson said, feeling better about his misfortune with the win. Jackson's drive on the 381-yard par-4 10th appeared to just miss the first cut of rough on the left side of the fairway, but after looking for the ball and having no luck, he was forced to play the shot as a lost ball and hit a second tee shot with a one-stroke penalty.

Jackson tripled bogeyed the hole, but bounced back with a birdie on the par

-4 12th. His 44 on the back was good for a round of 84, which tied him for ninth in the 55-man medalist race.