Blue Devils' Campbell seizes moment, Raiders take title in opener

Quincy High School's Parker Campbell follows his tee shot during the D.A. Weibring Invitational on Thursday at Westview Golf Course. Campbell shot a 2-under 69 to earn medalist honors. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 10, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Aug. 10, 2018 12:10 am

QUINCY -- The way Parker Campbell attacked the 17th green gave no indication he was a little on edge.

His pitching wedge from the middle of the fairway plopped down softly about 3 feet from the cup, and the successful birdie putt that followed put the Quincy High School senior golfer three strokes clear of the rest of the field.

It was enough of an advantage that a wayward tee shot on the par-4 18th didn't matter.

Campbell made par on the final hole to finish off a round of 2-under 69 and earn individual medalist honors Thursday at Westview Golf Course.

"I just stayed in there and stayed confident no matter what the feeling was physically," Campbell said. "It's hard to do that all 18 holes, especially coming down the stretch. It was pretty nerve-racking for me the last few holes. I haven't been in that spot too often, but I know that there's more rounds like that to come.

"It's time to get a little tougher in that area."

He's hoping his teammates get a little tougher, too.

The Blue Devils posted a 321 team score to take second place behind Quincy Notre Dame, which shot had three rounds in the 70s and ran away from the field with a 303 total.

"That should get us out of regionals, maybe even sectionals," said QND junior Luke Siebers, who finished tied for third with a 3-over 74.

The Raiders have hovered around the 300 mark during qualifying. This summer, in the Quincy Junior City Championships, the combined score of the top four golfers would have been a 290.

"We pay attention," Siebers said. "If we can keep those numbers up all year, we'll be happy with it."

The encouraging part is the Raiders didn't rely on No. 1 golfer Alex McCulla to carry the load.

Junior David Hutson, a junior, shot a 1-over 72 to finish second, while McCulla tied with Siebers at 74. Jack Leffers added an 83.

"That's a very good way to start the year," Siebers said. "We're happy."

Hutson and Siebers set the pace on the front nine as Hutson shot even-par 36 and Siebers posted a 2-over 34. McCulla was at 4-over 40 at the turn after finding fairways divots on the first three holes. He turned it around to shoot 1-under 34 on the back, while Hutson and Siebers both were 1-over 36.

"I had a lot of good putts, and I was striking it pretty well," Siebers said. "I hit everything pretty close, so that was good. I hit a lot of greens. I hit my wedge shots pretty close."

Campbell did much of the same, scrambling to save par on the par-3 ninth hole to steady his round.

"I ended up making a pretty good putt down the hill," Campbell said. "That gave me confidence in the putter, knowing that no matter what the ball striking is like I have a shot to keep myself in it."

He stayed right there until the 17th, when he seized controle.

A tee shot pushed to the left on the fairway kept him from attacking the par-5 green in two and potentially chasing an eagle, so he settled for laying up in the middle of the fairway and going at the pin with a wedge.

"Probably one of the best pitching wedges I've hit in my life," Campbell said. "I felt confident standing over it."

He wants his teammates to feel the same way.

Blake Hayden shot a 78, Brock Penn posted an 84 and freshman Josh Kennedy shot a 90.

"It's about the grind," Campbell said. "It's not about the score at the end of the day. It's about how much you put into it, and I'm hoping I can see some of that from everyone later in the season because those numbers can improve and they will as long as they put in 100 percent."

Central finished third with a 359 as Connor Bross took fifth individually with a 5-over 76.


Local Results

D.A. Weibring Invitational

at Westview Golf Course

Team scores

1. Quincy Notre Dame, 303; 2. Quincy High School, 321; 3. Central, 359; 4. West Hancock, 401; 5. Payson Seymour, 403

Individual scores

1. Parker Campbell, QHS 69

2. David Hutson, QND 72

3. Alex McCulla, QND 74

4. Luke Siebers, QND 74

5. Connor Bross, Central 76

6. Blake Hayden, QHS 78

7. Jack Leffers, QND 83

8. Brock Penn, QHS 84

9. Gavin Frese, QND 85

10. Dustin Steinkamp, Central 88

11. Josh Kennedy, QHS 90

12. Ty Fornoff, Havana 93

13. Lucas Loos, Payson Seymour 94

(tie) Jalan Vance, Central 94

15. Brandon Daniels, West Hancock 95

(tie) Luke Mettemeyer, QHS 95