SV golf claims first district title since 2010


The St. Vincent golf team has been on quite the run the past week Just a few days after winning the JCAA Conference tournament, the Indians claimed a bigger prize. St. Vincent won the Class 1, District 1 title at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson.
It is the Indians first district title since 2010.
“The guys have been playing well the last week or so, and pretty much all season,” St. Vincent golf coach Tim Schumer said.
St. Vincent narrowly edged Linn High School with a team score of 346 to Linn’s 348.
“We have been playing against a lot of bigger schools and have been doing well in most of those meets,” Schumer said. “Once we started playing schools that were our size, I thought we would do better and be able to show what the guys have been doing all year.”
St. Vincent was led by Payton Strattman who shot an 80 on the day to tie for second place with Viburnum’s Braden Johnson and Eugene’s Ethan Wunderlich. Strattman missed first place by a single stroke as Linn’s Jett Maasen shot a 79 on the day to claim the top spot.

“An 80 is a great score, especially on a course like Bent Creek that is pretty challenging,” Schumer said. “It’s not like we were playing on our home course that we play often.”
Grant Abernathy and Sam Koishor finished in a four-way tie for fifth with Saxony Lutheran’s Michael Hasz and Bloomfield’s Travis Allen. All golfers shot an 85 on the day.
Strattman, Abernathy, Koishor, and Hasz were named all-district golfers by finishing in the top 12.
Garrett Brickhaus rounded out St. Vincent’s rounds with a 96 to finish tied for 22nd.
“We had a really good day,” Schumer said. “It rained in the morning, but other than that it was a good weather day and that really helps out when you’re trying to put up some good scores.”
The Indians will move on straight to the state competition May 15-16 in Columbia.
“This will be Payton’s third time going to state, so he will understand the two day format,” Schumer said. “But the guys have been playing well and I expect that to continue.”