Rolling Hills Country Club was the site of a golf tournament on Wednesday where Versailles hosted Eldon and 11 other schools in the Versailles Invitational.
Iberia bested the field among team scores with a 236 on the day followed by Eldon’s 242, Linn’s 249 and Versailles’ 257.
The format was designed where teams could utilize eight players that were grouped into sets of 2-person teams by scoring average as the top player paired with the number eight player and so on. A scramble format was played on the front nine, best ball was played on the back nine and scores were tallied by taking the top three 9-hole scores on each nine holes.
Versailles’ Ori Bartlett carded a 40 and his partner Zach Broderson shot a 45, Garrett Boatright and Sydney Snider put up a round of 43 and 44 respectively, Joel Faron put up a 42 and Caleb Sousley put up a 46 and Kyle Bartlett finished with a 41 while Ben Dornan shot a 45.
“This event was created to allow younger players, who often don’t have the experience of high school golf competition, to get a taste of that kind of competition and allow them to be a part of a team score,” Versailles coach Kyle Nolawski explained. “We are still a young team and I think this was a great example of how we can grow the game in Versailles. We were very competitive and did not necessarily rely on one or two kids today, which was great. Overall, I was happy with the effort and the event today.
“I know some of our players on the top end would have liked to play better, but I think they set a great example for the less experienced ones, and that is what this event is all about.”
Eldon coach Matt Frey was pretty pleased with his own golfers as well after turning in a second place performance overall.
“I thought the Versailles tournament was a good showing for the boys,” he said. “It is a good tournament to get the new golfers involved allowing us to bring our eight golfers and it is good to see the boys working together. It is a little different format of a tournament, but I still liked what I saw when I made my way around to watch the boys as they played. Lots of positive things happening.”
Versailles was scheduled to visit Warsaw for a quadrangular on Thursday and will be playing in the Southern Boone Tournament on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Eldon was back in action at the Boonville Tournament on Thursday and will host Eugene Sacred Heart and Warsaw on Tuesday.