(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
SIKESTON -- It wasn't the perfect opening day but the Sikeston Bulldogs' golf team captured the top spot on Monday at the Sikeston Country Club over visiting New Madrid County Central and Malden.
As a team, Sikeston shot a 168 through nine holes. Junior Evan Deere led the team's efforts with a score of 39 -- four over par.
"Evan shooting a 39 is something we ought to expect," Sikeston golf coach Andy McGill said. "Just getting a win is going to be good. Our scores this match compared to where we were last year at this time are better. You can't argue that."
Battling gusts of wind of up to 20 miles per hour and the anticipations of playing in their first match of the season, sophomore Kirk Hoggatt shot five over par (40) while Conor MacGillivray scored a 41.
Connor Landers ended his day with a 48, Ben Murray a 53 and Caleb Hampton a 57.
"Conor and Kirk shooting 41 and 40 are both really good," said McGill. "We had a goal to shoot 165 and we shot 168, so we were a little bit off. But, at the same token, I thought the kids played pretty good."
NMCC shot a 194 on the day with Reece Porter leading their way with a 47.
"I kind of expected (our scores) to be in the high 40's with the wind and everything but we were shooting for low to mid 40's," NMCC coach Greg Hamm said. "But, it's the first match and it's early in the year so, there's lots of room for improvement. That's what we're looking for."
It was a decent start to the season for Sikeston on their home course -- a place they will only play once more however during the remained of the season.
"The one thing I pointed out to our kids is that we only have one more match here at our home course," McGill said. "We're comfortable with what our home course is and it's flat compared to a lot of the other courses we're going to play.
"Our expectations have got to be a little higher, even though we did play pretty well today considering the conditions."
Sikeston -- Evan Deere 39, Connor Landers 48, Kirk Hoggatt 40, Conor MacGillivray 41, Ben Murray 53, Caleb Hampton 57.
NMCC -- Reece Porter 47, Lofton Hayes 49, Trey Recker 49, N. Mackaras 49, B. Fischer 54, T. Moore 65.
Malden -- Patillo 53, Shepard 65, Montgomery 65.