That’s the claim Clayton Voss, Will Schroeder, Tommy Alferman and Austin Hoerstkamp can make after they won the two-day Missouri State Junior Team Golf Championship.
The foursome captured the inaugural two-day, two-course event put on by the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by First State Community Bank. Participating golfers received Wednesday tickets to the Washington Town and Country Fair along with other entry items.
The event ran in two segments with teams composed of four junior golfers, boys or girls, ages 13-17.
“We were really excited about the kids who did come and participate,” said committee member Steve Sebastian. “They brought a wide range of skills and abilities. The format was difficult. We hope they enjoyed themselves.”
On the opening day, golfers played at Wolf Hollow Golf Club with two-person best ball play. Total scores from both two-person teams were recorded for the team’s overall score.
On the second day, the teams played two-person alternate shot with different partners from the first day. The best two-day total earned the championship for the team of Voss, Schroeder, Alferman and Hoerstkamp.
That team shot 152 on the first day and 154 on the second day for a two-day total of 306.
A total of seven teams competed in the event. Taking second was the team of Ross Henson, Thomas Henson, Matthew Heidger and Zane West-Derby. That team led after one day at 148 and shot 160 on the second day to end at 308, second by two strokes.
“I was really happy,” Sebastian said. “We had two teams battling for the title. They were both very competitive. It was nip and tuck the whole way.”
The team of Nathan Frederick, Brock Laughlin, Joe Meyer and John Meyer took third with a two-day score of 370. The team shot 174 on the opening day and 196 on the second day.
The team of Logan Gilig, Aubree Kitchell, Marty Maune and Oscar Buesking was fourth at 391. The team shot 184 on the opening day and 207 on the second day.
The team of Alex Dickenson, Gus Burrow, Robert Halsted and Zach Unnerstall was fifth at 416. It shot 199 on the first day and 217 on the second day.
Placing sixth was the team of Mycala Kaputska, McCoy Meshach, Tyler Breckenkamp and Evan Kaputska at 469. It shot 230 on the first day and 239 on the second day.
Seventh place went to the team of Ben Stowe, Luke Pyatte, Hunter Ulrich and Dennis Nagle. It shot 488 with 234 on the first day and 254 on the second day.
“Team golf is starting to get really big right now,” Sebastian said. “This is designed for golfers of all abilities. Right now, there aren’t many tournaments like this out there.”
Committee members were Doug Warden, Sebastian, Mary Beth Rettke, Mark Wessels, Casey Zastrow, Amanda Jones, Kevin Richardson, Jennifer Giesike, Nancy Sebastian and Mike Weirich.