Even though it couldn't be helped, the Montgomery County varsity boys golf team certainly felt the loss of Chase Parrish to graduation.
On the flip side of all that grief and heartache is the return of seniors Aubrey Nelson and Cole Curry and junior Jackson Larkin from 2016-17. Considering all four of these athletes were All-Eastern Missouri Conference last year, it's easy to see why any of them would be considered a serious loss. But, because Nelson and Curry earned All-District Honors last season and Nelson even managed to grab All-State recognition for the second year in-a-row, perhaps this is the campaign it all comes down to.
"This group has some goals they would like to achieve this year. They have won th conference title two of the last three years and would like to do that again," said coach Joe Basinger. "They also have their eyes set on a district championship. Our course management with some guys need to improve but they are a very coachable group and will be fine."
At sectionals last year it was Nelson who shined ther brightest for the Wildcats with an 83 to tie for eighth at Norwoods Golf Course in Hannibal. Curry was the only other individual to qualify for this round of competition for Montgomery County and finished tied for 40th with a score of 102.
"This is my first year as golf coach so I'm not really sure who all has what," Basinger said. "I know Van-Far is returning everyone off of a district championship team back from a year ago. Other than that I'm not sure."
With Elijah Robinson rounding out the top five for Montgomery County, the schedule gets especially challenging starting April 9 when the team has six straight road events starting with Wright City followed by North Callaway on April 10. The squad then plays in the Palmyra Invitational April 11 and the Warrenton Invitational April 12 prior to participating in the E,sberry Invitational April 17 and playing at Centralia on April 18.
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