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Golf team will tee off soon

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Pirate Boys’ Golf team will open up its 2002 golf season in late March.

The team will look to improve on what it did last season, and be able to compete for the 3A state title in golf. Last season the team took fourth overall in the entire Class 3A competition throughout the state of Missouri.

Although the starting roster for this year is not final as of yet, they do have several returning varsity golfers that include seniors Robbie Campbell and Ryan Schroeder; and juniors Spencer Comfort and David Mallott.

Among the returning golfers is senior Barrett Martens. Martens is a returning state qualifier who will assist Platte County in trying to bring home the state golf championship.

In addition to being a state qualifier, Martens was the 2001 overall winner of the 3A state competition. Last season Martens finished atop the leader board, posting the best score in the entire state tournament as only a junior. This year Martens will attempt to make an individual title defense and try to assist his team to the championship.

All of the Pirate golf home matches will be held at Shiloh Springs Golf Course east of Platte City. Some of the home matches that will take place this season include pairing the Pirates up against Cameron, Smithville, Chillicothe, St. Joseph Central, Savannah, Maryville, Trenton, St. Pius, Excelsior Springs, and the 2002 MEC Conference Tournament.

Some of the major road tournaments for the Pirates include at Lee's Summit, William Jewell, and Richmond. In addition to road tournaments, the Pirates will also play Benton, Savannah, Plattsburg, St. Pius, Lafayette, Maryville, and Kearney all on the road as well.

The first action of the year for Platte County begins on Monday, March 25, at Chapel Ridge golf course in the Lee's Summit Tournament.

The first home match for the Pirates will take place on Thursday, March 28, at 4 p.m. against Cameron. All home matches, with the exception of the Platte County Invitational Tournament, will take place at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. The Platte County Invitational will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10.