The St. Louis U. High golf team has been slumping. Following two consecutive tournament wins, the Webster Cup and the Bulldog Battle, the Jr. Bills have lost their last three competitions.
Coming off four consecutive wins, SLUH looked to continue its momentum against CBC out at Winghaven Country Club where it previously won the Bulldog Battle. However, the Jr. Bills failed to return to their full glory, losing 236-221 to the Cadets.
Five players shot a three-over par 39, while CBC had three players shoot a one-under 35. An embarrassing defeat, SLUH held a team meeting after the match, led by captain Grant Sussman to straighten them out. However, this did not remove all the kinks as only four days later, SLUH failed to capture the Lake Forest Invitational Tournament.
Missing junior Louis Cornett, the Jr. Bills still had a very talented four heading into the tournament. Tough conditions were the words to describe the day with high winds and lightning fast greens, which led to higher scores. Still, the Jr. Bills lost by just one stroke to Lafayette and CBC yet again.
A day later, SLUH looked to make a statement on its home course, Dogwood at Forest Park, and turn things around against the Cadets. The first group for SLUH, Perotti (37) and Cornett (38) shot 37 provided a strong foundation, followed by senior Kellen Hamilton (38) and Sussman (39). However, these scores were too little as SLUH lost for the third time in a row by one stroke, 232-231.
Coming off a rough patch in the season, the Jr. Bills are still confident. With districts looming less than two weeks away, the team is optimistic that all kinks and mistakes will be taken care of by the five players who will be playing in Districts. This includes Cornett, Ziegler, Fix, Perotti, and Sussman. The entire team is staying sharp as its next match is the J-Cup against De Smet on May 6 at Forest Park. De Smet, the defending champs, will be looking to retain the Cup from a hungry group Jr. Bills who haven’t hoisted the trophy in the past three years.
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