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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 8:00 pm

Washington’s Brad Carpenter made his first experience at the MSHSAA golf championships a memorable one.

Playing in the Class 4 state tournament last Monday and Tuesday at Silo Ridge Golf & Country Club in Bolivar, Carpenter tied for third-place individual honors with rounds of 72 and 73 for a 36-hole total of 145, just one stroke over par.

“I know I can play well, but I wasn’t expecting to finish as high as I did,” said Carpenter, a sophomore at WHS. “It was a fun experience. I was nervous on the first hole of the first day, but I birdied it and started to feel better. Having Colbey (Schuster) and Coach (Tim) Buschmann there helped. Both of them were pretty loose. Coach doesn’t put any pressure on us.”

Schuster also played solid golf, finishing in a tie for 30th place with 81-77-158.

“Colbey did a great job. He had a good second day,” Carpenter said. “He’s so laid back. Nothing seems to bother him.”

In his 36 holes at the state tournament, Carpenter carded 23 pars, seven bogeys and six birdies.

“That’s pretty consistent,” Carpenter said with a smile. “I hit my tee shots and my irons well. That’s my biggest strength. I placed my approach shots in the right tier of the greens, which helped. I putted better than I normally do. That’s usually my weakness. I had a good sense of the greens. They were fast, which is what I like.”

Carpenter made an impression during the state tournament.

“Several coaches who have never seen Brad commented on his style of play and what a talented golfer he is at such a young age. All of them were impressed with his length and touch around the green,” said WHS Coach Tim Buschmann. “Brad’s comment after day one was that he scrambled well — meaning he wasn’t always in the place he wanted to be, but finished the hole well.”

Carpenter’s best shot of the tournament came on hole No. 6 in the first round.

“It was a par-5 and I drove my tee shot to the right up against the out-of-bounds fence post. It was unplayable, which cost me a stroke. I took a drop and was 230 or 240 yards out with water in front of the green. I went for the green with a three wood. I’m sure my parents were wondering what in the world I was doing. I hit it about 250 yards to the back of the green and made par. It was a great shot. I was already one-over at that point. A bogey or worse would have put me two or three over par.”

Carpenter put himself in contention with an even-par 72 on Monday.

“I got a lot of advice and a lot of good lucks after the first day. I heard from Hunter Parrish (former standout WHS golfer) and Coach (Chip) Sodemann (WHS basketball coach),” Carpenter said. “Colbey and I went out for pizza. That took my mind off it a little.”

Playing in the second-to-last foursome on Tuesday, Carpenter fired a round of 73 to secure all-state honors.

“The guys I played with Tuesday were all fun to be with and all of us played well, which really helps,” Carpenter said. “I did my best to stay collected. My dad instilled that in me. It was a great feeling to know that I was all-state.”

Carpenter, who owns a 1.9 handicap on the golf course, crushes the ball off the tee, despite not being the biggest of people.

“I hit my driver pretty well, usually 300 to 310 yards,” he said. “My swing speed is around 115. It goes a long way.”

Also a standout basketball player at WHS, where he is one of the top three-point shooters in the area, Carpenter will continue to work on his golf during the summer.

“I’m going to play in AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) tournaments throughout the state and the Midwest,” Carpenter said. “My ultimate goal is to play golf in college.”

In the meantime, Carpenter still has two years remaining at WHS.

“Getting our entire team to state would be huge. It’s tough in Class 4 with teams like Rock Bridge in our district,” Carpenter said. “I’m just going to try to keep improving my game.”

Kevin and Janet Carpenter, Brad’s parents, followed him throughout the state tournament.

“They were very thrilled,” Brad said.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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