St. Anthony Boys Golf Squad Wins Triangular

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Published on August 20 2012 10:41 am
Last Updated on August 20 2012 1:43 pm
Written by Millie Lange

The St. Anthony Bulldogs boys golf team won a triangular match over host Macomb and Pleasant Plains
Friday. Shooting a 316 team over the par 71 Macomb C.C., the Bulldogs continued their solid start
to the season.

Led by senior, Joe Powell's 72, the Bulldogs outdistanced Macomb by six shots. Sophomore Garrett Hixenbaugh shot a solid 78 over a course he had never seen. Other scorers for St. Anthony were
seniors Jack Niebrugge (82) and Cole Buehnerkemper (84).

"This match has always been a preview to the Gary Saunders Invitational held Saturday," said Coach
Phil Zaccari, "It gives us a chance to prepare for the invitational and face some good competition. Many
thanks goes to Coach Ben Scherzer who filled in for me this weekend as I had a family commitment. The
team performed well under his leadership notching a couple solid victories.

"Joe played solid once again to take medalist honors with sophomore Garrett Hixenbaugh continuing his solid breakout season carding a 78. We have had a good start to the season."

At Macomb

St. Anthony (316) -- Joe Powell 36-36 -- 72, Garrett Hixenbaugh 39-39 -- 78, Jack Niebrugge 43-39 -- 82, Cole Buehnerkemper 39-45 -- 84, Connor Greene 42-43 -- 85, Dalton Anderson 43-46 -- 89

Macomb -- Bryce Carper 37-37 -- 74, Idol Mitchell 36-45 -- 81, Graham Conrad 39-44 -- 83, Max Dakin 39-45 -- 84, Nic Keithley 43-41 -- 84, Joe Burke 45-42 -- 87

Pleasant Plains -- Lucas Niemeier 42-41 -- 83, Matt Nika 41-43 -- 84, Zach Ross 42-42 -- 84, Blake Bergmann 45-47 -- 92, Mitch Koehler 43-49 -- 92, Spender Allander 48-50 -- 98.

Saturday's Results

Gary Saunders Invitational, Macomb

St. Anthony continued its successful weekend in Macomb by placing second in the Gary Saunders Invitational. The Bulldogs improved on their previous day match score shooting a 314, seven strokes behind winner University High. In ideal weather conditions, the Bulldogs used their depth to defeat many 2A and 3A schools.

"The team did very well this weekend," said Coach Zaccari. "Again, thanks to Coach Ben Scherzer for covering me this weekend. We are happy with the second place finish, but not satisfied. Seniors Cole Buehnerkemper and Dalton Anderson really stepped it up today, improving over their previous day's score, Cole by seven strokes and Dalton by 10 which really helped secure our high finish. Joe Powell continued to be consistent for us , even though he struggled a little today, he still ground out a 77. Sophomore, Garrett Hixenbaugh stayed steady with a good 81 to round out our scoring. Overall, all of our players were within five strokes of each other, this depth may turn out to be a solid strength for us. Overall a good performance this weekend. We will try to continue this Monday as we travel to Champaign," concluded Zaccari.

University HIgh won the team championship with a 307 followed by the Bulldogs 314, Macomb 319, Alleman 319, Galesburg 326, PORTA 330, Pleasant Plains 331, Assumption 332, Bloomington 340, Monmouth-Roseville 341, Urbana 354, Olympia 387

At Gary Saunders Invitational

St. Anthony -- Joe Powell 41-36 -- 77, Cole Buehnerkemper 40-37 -- 77, Dalton Anderson 40-39 -- 79,  Garrett Hixenbaugh 40-41 -- 81, Connor Greene 43-39 -- 82,  Jack Niebrugge 40-42 -- 82