Central's Simmons leads local golfers at state tourney with 77

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Central senior Tim Simmons sits five shots off the lead after the first day of the Class 4 state golf meet.

Simmons made it around the Rivercut Golf Course in 77 shots, tied for 25th. This is Simmons' third trip to the state tournament. His best finish came last year when he tied for 33rd.

"I just had quite a few putts that I had on the edges that just didn't fall today," Simmons said. "I had a lot of them fall at Dalhousie the other day [during the SEMO Conference meet] and it just went the opposite today."

Simmons finished with two birdies, but said a double-bogey on No. 6 really hurt him. But he plans to attack the course during today's final round.

"My gameplan will be to go out and be aggressive and what happens, happens," he said. "I'm just going to give myself a chance. I still have my goal that I've talked about all year, top five in the state."

Jackson sophomore Tanner Werner, who finished second in Class 4 last year, sits one stroke behind Simmons with a 39-39--78. He's tied for 37th.

"He had some good looks at birdies today," Jackson coach Zack Walton said. "I think his thing today was he just didn't putt real well. He just lipped them out today or left them just barely short."

Jackson's other golfer, freshman Drew Hosp, shot an 88 and is tied for 109th.

Eureka's Teddy Jones shot a 72 to lead the field.

In Class 1, St. Vincent shot a 360 to finish sixth in the team standings at Twin Oaks Country Club.

Junior Brandon Trapp led the Indians with an 87. He's tied for 33rd. Junior Ben Schremp stands tied for 46th after shooting an 89. Sophomore Brett Wengert and freshman Sean Martin both shot 92s and are tied for 65th, while senior Cory Schaaf shot a 106 and is tied for 112th.

Saxony Lutheran sophomore Zach Vaeth is tied for 26th after shooting an 86, while teammate Tyler James, a senior, shot a 90 and is tied for 51st. The Crusaders' third golfer, sophomore Nick Murphy, is tied for 99th after shooting a 100.

Greenwood's Andy Godwin and Tarkio's Derek Hawkins share the lead after shooting 74s.

In Class 3, Notre Dame stands 10th in the team standings with a 372 at Fremont Hills Country Club.

Senior Brett Slaten, a four-time state qualifier, led the Bulldogs with an 82. He's tied for 37th. Freshman Jesse Schott stands tied for 61st with an 84, while sophomore Kurt Heischmidt shot a 101 and stands 122nd, while senior Joe Wiggans shot a 105 and is tied for 123rd. Kearney's Ryan Zech leads the field by seven strokes after shooting a 66.

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