Every stroke counts.
School of the Osage hosted Lebanon, Rolla and Waynesville for a meet at Osage National on Thursday night and that concept was proven as the Indians bested Lebanon with a team score of 155 to 156 to win the quad meet while Rolla placed third at 153 and Waynesville came in fourth at 211.
“We’ve talked a lot about the times that has happened where we’ve lost by a stroke,” Osage coach L.J. Weeks recalled. “You get together as a team and everyone can point to certain areas where they could have saved a stroke here or there and I’m sure they would still say that tonight. But winning by a stroke, winning by anything is nice.”
The Indians took care of business and defended home turf as Ethan Kline took the title of match medalist with a 9-hole round of 36 for the best score of the night. The rest of his teammates finished no worse than nine strokes behind him as Jacob Krantz shot a 37 to tie for second, Chance Foster turned in a round of 39, Zach Krantz posted a 43 and Nick Riley finished his day with a score of 45.
“I think since I’ve started coaching I’m not sure we’ve shot a 155 as a varsity team, which is a fantastic score. I’ve known we were capable of that and it is getting all the guys to play well at the same time,” Weeks noted. “Tonight that happened and that is what our potential is so that excites me going forward because there are some real possibilities where we can shoot those kind of scores.
“I know Jacob and Ethan had a couple of bogeys at the end and still shot tremendous scores. That will eat at them for a while, which makes them great competitors,” the coach added of his top two scorers of the night.
The coach also took some time to commend his daughter Jenna for her efforts in helping the meet run smoothly.
“I have to give a shoutout to my daughter who was helping shuttle everyone around. She was a great help and Osage National is a tough course to play and tough course to walk so shuttling definitely helps us get done quicker,” the coach said.
While Osage may have posted the best team score in Weeks’ tenure, the Indians also took down Lebanon for the first time.
“I was pretty proud of how I played and my teammates also. I’m happy we came out on top because it is a pretty cool thing to beat Lebanon and that is not something we have done before,” Kline said after recording the best round of the night. They played really good and it was fun playing with them.”
For Kline, it has been a pretty fun season overall. The sophomore, who transferred to Osage after playing for Camdenton a season ago, said it has been a smooth transition with the Indians.
“It has gone really well and everyone has been really inviting. Coach Weeks has been really awesome and it has been a fun experience,” the sophomore stated.
The season is beginning to wind down as Osage will play in its final home meet on Monday at 4 p.m., before the Tri-County Conference Tournament at Eagle Knoll Golf Club in Hartsburg on Wednesday. The road to the state tournament is just around the corner too, but as long as the team continues to trend in the right direction more good things may happen.
“They love to practice. I think Jacob is up there right now working on his putting and he has been done playing for an hour,” Weeks said after the match Thursday night. “When guys have that level of determination it pays off. We have not had very good weather to play in this year, which actually has made us better players because they’ve had to go play in adverse conditions. So, when you get decent days like this, it is a lot easier to play and it also helps being home too, but we had a really good night.
“Hopefully they are all hitting on the right cylinders now.”
Kline, for one, intends to do so.
“I’m not letting up on any practice. I’m not going to slack,” he said.