Pleasant Hill had a promising start to the boys’ golf season with a first place finish out of eight schools in the Oak Grove Tournament March 28.
The Roosters ended with a team score of 332, just ahead of Harrisonville in second place with 334. Nevada took third with 350, followed by O’Hara (fourth, 350), Odessa (368), Grain Valley (370), Oak Grove (406) and Higginsville (467).
“An outstanding start to the season after all of the snow we’ve had delaying us for weeks,” Pleasant Hill head coach Eric Bloom said. “I’m proud of the entire team dealing with snow still on the ground and sloppy course conditions. This is our best tournament score since 2009.”
Pleasant Hill was led by second place finisher and medalist Taylor Livingston, who shot a 78. Cole Miller medaled and tied for seventh with a score of 82 and Justin Orpin medaled and tied for ninth with a score of 83. Caleb Basile shot an 89 and Tyler Evans shot a 90.
Harrisonville was led by Jericho Harris with a score of 79 and Nick Johnson with a score of 81. Joe Sevy shot an 83 and Ronny Baker and Cole Welhoff both shot a 91.
“With all of the bad weather we've experienced so far, we have had to cancel or postpone three matches,” Harrisonville head coach Mark Rorvig said. “That made this our first competition as a team. Keeping that in mind, I was very pleased with our performance at the Oak Grove Tournament. We had four sophomores shoot varsity and they did a really good job. It is extremely encouraging as a coach to see them perform at a high level with such little opportunity for preparation. In addition, it’s very exciting because they should only improve as the season continues.”