Posted: Apr. 19, 2014 9:21 pm Updated: May. 3, 2014 10:14 pm
By MAT MIKESELL
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
HANNIBAL, Mo. — Jack Baumann just expects he and the Hannibal boys golf team will win each tournament they play.
Opponents have started to expect it as well.
“We’ll be on the first tee and we’ll introduce ourselves and the other golfers will be like, ‘Oh, you’re from Hannibal. You must be pretty good,’” Baumann said. “Or the other two guys will talk with each other that they can do well, but Hannibal’s probably going to win.”
The Pirates lived up to their reputation Saturday, firing a 298 to win the the 18th annual Hannibal Invitational at Norwoods Golf Club.
Kirksville finished second with 328, followed by Mexico (340) and Warrenton (341).
The Hannibal junior varsity team scored 342 to finish in fifth place.
All five Hannibal golfers shot 77 or lower, with Baumann shooting a 1-over 73 to win medalist honors.
Baumann’s score was a result of hitting greens in regulation, but he felt the score could have been lower.
“I had a lot of birdie putts, but only one birdie,” Baumann said. “Most of my putts left me with a 6-inch putt for par, so I can’t really complain.”
Alec Abel, Jack Richards and Tanner Cooke all shot 3-over-par 75 and Scott Cockrell shot a 5-over-par 77.
Warrenton’s Ethan Luecke shot a 2-over par 74 to prevent Hannibal from sweeping the top five individual spots.
Kirksville had two top-10 finishers in Trent Halterman (78) and Tyler Howerton (80).
Troy Buchanan also had two top 10 finishes in Jacob Williams and Kyle Sachs, who shot 78 and 79, respectively.
“If we play to our potential, we’re probably going to win pretty easily,” Baumann said. “Our top five could all be No. 1s on some of these teams.”
The Pirates have won every match and tournament this spring, a credit to playing with each other for years.
“It’s nothing new for them,” Hannibal coach Jason Noland said. “They’re just good. They’ve been working at golf for a long time.”
The event served as a warmup for the North Central Missouri Conference Tournament, which will be at Norwoods on April 30.
“It’s a big advantage because we’re playing here,” Noland said. “We can practice the same holes here and figure out what we need to do if a problem comes up.”