BY TRAVIS DAVID
CENTRALIA — The Palmyra boys’ golf team continued its impressive start to the season on Monday. The Panthers picked up their third tournament title in the last four outings by pacing the field at the Centralia Invitational. Palmyra nipped the host Panthers by two strokes with a team score of 344 at the Centralia Community Golf Course.
Hallsville placed third with a score of 357, while Mexico (379) and Paris (408) rounded out the top five in the field of seven complete teams.
Palmyra also had three players earn medals by finishing in the Top 10 in the individual rankings.
Brady Shively and Jacob Webster paced the Panthers with 18-hole scores of 81 — tied for 4th overall — while Elijah Edwards finished in a tie for ninth with an 89.
Hallsville’s Logan Cox was low-medalist for the tournament with a 77 (+6) — two strokes better than Mexico’s Aiden Knipfel and three ahead of Paris’ top golfer Chris Ebbesmeyer.
Palmyra’s win was a bounce back from a heartbreaking 1-stroke loss to Troy at the Hannibal Invitational on Friday.
Shively registered a pair of birdies on his scorecard Monday in addition to seven pars. Shively’s two birdies came in a span of three holes — with a par sandwiched in between. The two birdies were on the Par 5 No. 3 and Par 5 No. 5.
Webster also picked up a pair of birdies for his round. The Panthers’ No. 1 golfer birdied the Par 4 No. 1 and the Par 5 No. 12. Webster also picked up pars on four other holes.
Edwards’ card included a trio of pars.
Laydin Lochman rounded out the scoring for the Panthers with a 93, while Palmyra’s No. 5 golfer Dreighton Sprinkle fired a 102. After a 55 on his front nine, Edwards bounced back with a 47 over his final nine holes.
Palmyra returns to the links on Tuesday at Clarence Cannon Conference foe Clark County.