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Zumwalt West golfers medal, place high at state meet

Fort Zumwalt West sophomore golfer Braden Hoisington [center] with Jaguars boys golf assistant coach Eric Schierbecker [left] and head boys golf coach Mike DeYoung [right] medaled in his second trip to the Class 4 State Tournament on Tuesday with a 12 finish at Silo Ridge Country Club in Bolivar, Mo. [Jennifer Hoisington Photo]

Braden Hoisington took a nap on the ride back home to St. Charles County on May 14 after a top-shelf performance at the Class 4 boys golf tournament on May 13 and 14 at Silo Ridge Country Club in Bolivar, Mo.

Hoisington, a sophomore from Fort Zumwalt West, medaled as he finished 12th in the tournament field with a two-day score of 151 which tied him with Tanner Walton of Jackson. Hoisington finished six over par for the tournament and medaled his second trip to state.

While it was not quite the top-10 finish he wanted, he still felt good about his two days of work on a course that featured challenges like wet greens and 13-plus mile per hour winds.

“I think the first day put me in a really good position for contention but today [Tuesday] but putting and chipping weren’t working and everything wasn’t coming together, but it could have been a lot worse,” Hoisington said.

Hoisington shot a strong 72 on the first day. The next day, he battled with windy course conditions settled for a 79 for his final round score.

“I think the course conditions were a lot harder today than on the first day, but I think I gave it a good shot,” Hoisington said. “I think I gave the course everything I had.”

For Hoisington, bringing back a medal for Zumwalt West was a nice way to finish off his sophomore season.

“It feels great,” Hoisington said. Last year, I finished off by one shot but this year I got it done, so it feels really good.”

Hoisington’s teammate, freshman Max Sigman, finished 33rd as he shot a two-day score of 158, finishing 14-over par.

Hoisington and Sigman’s solid showing at state will help boost the Jaguars expectations in the postseason.

“Obviously we would have liked to be there as a team,” Zumwalt West coach Mike DeYoung said. “Braden and Max’s performances provide motivation our younger guys and now they know what it takes to get there and compete.”

Francis Howell also had two golfers compete at the state tournament. Senior Cole Prager, in his only state appearance, finished 41st with a score of 161, finishing 17-over par and fellow senior Kirk Brewster finished 53rd with a score of 164.

It was a positive way for the two seniors to finish out their golf careers at Howell.

“They both had fairly solid finishes to their careers,” Francis Howell coach Carl Wayne said. “They both had good shots and they had some bad shots but regardless of whether they were good or bad, they stayed even keel and I think they realized that this kind of the end of their careers and they were happy to be there and happy to be there together.”

Other area golfers that finished in the top 100 of the field included Timberland’s Hunter Niles at 26th place with a score of 156 and 12 over-par, Hyatt Hynes of Liberty in 46th place, Kyle Saake of Fort Zumwalt North in 65th place and Francis Howell Central standout Sam Emerick in 83rd place.

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