COUNTRY CLUB, Mo. — Bishop LeBlond was the main highlight of the Class 1 District 8 boys golf championship on Monday.
The Golden Eagles had three finish in the top four at the St. Joseph Country Club with senior Hank Lierz leading the group with an even-par round of 71.
“It’s great to finish well, individually,” Lierz said. “Hopefully we can just keep getting better and better over the next couple of weeks.”
Five strokes separated Lierz from second-place finisher Jeff Johnston. Johnston, a sophomore for the Eagles, is working to stay close with Lierz on the road to state.
Johnston finished third in the state last year, while Lierz finished second.
Johnston says his teammate has been growing on the green over the last few weeks, something both have consistently done.
The competition between the two is growing in the process.
“Hank’s playing really good golf right now,” Johnston said. “Hopefully I just play really well and try to beat him.”
The two have had to overcome the absence of coach Pat Clark. Clark suffered a stroke earlier in the year. He was at the district championship, but gave credit for the championship to Chris Weddle.
Weddle has been serving as coach throughout the season. He says coaching is something he has always wanted to do eventually, but did not expect it to come under the circumstances.
The team has stuck together despite the adversity, eyeing the path towards its second consecutive state championship. Last season’s title was in Class 2.
“I’ll tell you, it’s pretty fun,” Weddle said. “Five great kids and they all want to work hard. They’re god kids to be around.”
LeBlond topped its debut in Class 1 District 8 with a team score of 331. It’s third best golfer was Mitch Robinson, who placed fourth with a score of 90.
Weather conditions from Monday morning made the course long and tough to play on. Because of this, a few mistakes were made.
Despite this, Weddle says the day was great for LeBlond.
“We played pretty well,” Weddle said. “We left some shots out there obviously. I’m very proud of them, though. District Champs, you can’t be too mad at them.”
King City’s Collin Breckenridge finished third overall with a total of 84 strokes.
LeBlond, district runner up Gallatin and the remainder of the top 15 Class 1 District 8 finishers will compete in sectionals in Orrick May 6.
Maryville boys place
second in Class 2 District 8
Each of Maryville’s five golfers finished in the top 15 at the Class 2 District 8 tournament in Richmond.
Trenton Shell led the Spoofhounds with a score of 84. Matthew Madden placed sixth with a score of 86.
Maryville finished behind St. Pius X. The Warriors had 331 strokes in total, 26 fewer than the Spoofhounds.
Maryville will compete as a team in the Class 2 sectionals in Chillicothe next week.