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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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Baseball

Wednesday, April 9

Pacific 14, Borgia 8

Ft. Zumwalt East 7, Washington 2

Union 7, North County 6

Thursday, April 10

Washington 5, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

Union 5, Hermann 4 (8)

St. James 11, St. Clair 4

Pacific 20, New Haven 10

Friday, April 11

*Borgia 6, DuBourg 2

Warrenton 12, St. Clair 2

Saturday, April 12

Borgia 7, St. Clair 0

Monday, April 14

Washington at Pacific, PPD

North County at St. Clair, PPD

Union 5, Waynesville 3

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 4, Washington 2

Cuba 7, St. Clair 1

*Pacific 14, Owensville 0

Girls Soccer

Wednesday, April 9

Windsor Tournament

Washington 2, Windsor 0

Union 4, Pacific 1

Thursday, April 10

Borgia 7, DuBourg 1

St. Clair 9, St. James 0

Windsor Tournament

Third-Place Game — Windsor 8, Pacific 1

Championship Game — Washington 5, Union 4 (2 OT)

Friday, April 11

St. Pius 5, Borgia 0

Fatima 2, St. Clair 1 (PK Shootout)

Monday, April 14

Washington 5, Borgia 3

*Union 12, St. James 0

*Sullivan 1, Owensville 0 (2 OT)

Troy Tny, TBA

Hillsboro Tny, TBA

Tuesday, April 15

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

*Union 10, Owensville 0

Troy Tny    TBA

Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Golf

Wednesday, April 9

Borgia 162, Duchesne 182, Lutheran St. Charles 175 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

Sullivan 163, Pacific 181, St. James 201 (medalist P-C. VanLeer 37)

Thursday, April 10

Washington 148, Ft. Zumwalt S 176 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 29)

St. James at Union, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 11

Sullivan Tournament, 8 a.m.

Borgia 196, St. Dominic 214 (Medalist-C. Voss, Borgia, 33)

Monday, April 14

*Washington 176, Holt 179 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 42)

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 209, Kennedy 250 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

*Pacific/Sullivan at St. Clair, 4 p.m.

*Hermann at Union, 4 p.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 15

Union Relays (Winners: B-Potosi 101; G-Washington 119)

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 9

Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-19, 25-16

Thursday, April 10

Seckman def. Borgia, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13

College Softball

Friday, April 11

Central Methodist JV at ECC, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 12

ECC swept Cottey in doubleheader

Sunday, April 13

ECC at Central Methodist JV, PPD

Monday, April 14

*ECC at St. Louis, PPD

Tuesday, April 15

*Three Rivers at ECC, 2 p.m.

*Conference Games

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