Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boys Golf: Hermann Dominates at Bear Creek

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boys Golf: Hermann Dominates at Bear Creek

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WENTZVILLE * After a deluge of rain wiped away his practice round on Sunday, Thomas Henson relied on his brain to give him an edge in the Class 2 District 5 boys golf tournament on Monday at Bear Creek Golf Club.

"I played here a couple years ago and I just had a basic memory of what I did," the Hermann High sophomore said. "I got to walk up on a few shots and kind of eyeball to see where I needed to hit it. That helped me a lot."

Henson's razor-sharp memory helped him fire an even-par 72 to capture the district championship by a whopping eight strokes.

"Keeping the tee shots in the fairway was a big help for me today," he said. "I didn't really have to punch out many times. And chipping today was a big help for me to make my pars."

Hermann, which finished third in Class 2 last season with the same quintet it had on the course Monday, had four of the top five individual finishes at Bear Creek to claim the team title with a 318 and advance to the Class 2 Sectional 3 tournament next Monday at Norwood Hills Golf Course in Hannibal.

"I was out marking, so it's hard to get out and see your kids," Bearcats coach Jeremy Hosick said. "I think they could have been about 10 shots better if I would have been around to talk them down and get them all to relax."

Henson was able to relax after a back nine in which he shot a 2-under-34 to bring himself up to even par for the day.

"I was able to make some short par putts and keep the rhythm going," he said. "I just had a lot of momentum going into the last couple holes. I ended with a birdie-eagle-par. That was awesome."

Henson's brother, Ross, shot an 80 to finish in a tie for second.

"I'm not too disappointed with how I played because of the weather, but there are some shots that could have been taken off my card had I just thought a little bit more," said the Quincy University-bound senior.

Fellow Hermann seniors Andrew Budnik and M. …

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