Fowler won its fifth CMAC boys golf championship in a row in convincing fashion Wednesday.
The Eagles carded a 340 score as a team, 23 shots better than second-place Fulton, to take the league tournament at The Emerald Golf Course after having won the regular-season title via jamborees.
“They actually played pretty well, but my two and three guys didn’t finish very well at all so their scores ended up being very average,” Fowler coach Dan Bengel said. “We played good enough to win. The league overall is not really up, so that kind of helped. We were pretty much only battling with three other teams.”
Fowler put three players on the all-conference first team and two more on the second team.
Austin Feldpausch and Derek Bengel, who were both a part of Fowler’s top six finishes at the Division 4 state meet the past two seasons, shot 18-hole scores of 77 and 84, respectively, to lead the Eagles on Wednesday. Feldpausch took second place as an individual.
“Kids like them will actually play summer golf with a lot of these kids,” coach Bengel said. “I have a few freshmen right now who are planning on playing summer golf, and I expect them to actually be decent in the future. I think that’s the biggest key — you can’t pick up a golf club in spring and play for a two-month period of time and be good, you have to develop stuff in the summer. So when the next year comes around, you’re ready for it. That’s the biggest key, I think, to our consistency.”
Joseph Smith shot an 87 and Quinn Myers added a 92 for Fowler.
Laingsburg’s Jagger Richard won medalist honors by firing a 2-under-par 70.
“I thought I played really well. I couldn’t really miss much,” Richard said. “I hit everything that I was playing, too. I putted well, and I didn’t really miss much off the tee.”
Richard has qualified for the last two Division 3 state tournaments as an individual and hopes to head back again this season.
“It’s definitely a big confidence booster knowing I just took first here and I can come out and shoot this today and hopefully do better next week,” Richard said.
Ross Baltimore led Fulton with an 84 and Jarrett Coblentz had an 85 for the Pirates, who were without one of the league’s better players in Gregg Jones.
“I think we accounted for ourselves. We finished second in the regular season and we finished second in the tournament, so it’s about where I expected us to be,” Fulton coach Tom Webb said. “I would of had to have somebody really step up big. Gregg’s our No. 2 player, and that’s a big hole to fill — and he really likes this course. That doesn’t mean he’s always going to score well when he plays it, but we hope to have him back next week and it would have been closer.”
Both Fulton and Fowler will return to The Emerald next Thursday for a Division 4 district tournament along with fourth-place Bath (392) and fifth-place Pewamo-Westphalia (415).
Laingsburg, which will compete in a Division 3 regional that is also being held at the Emerald a day later, finished one stroke behind Fulton in third on Wednesday with a team score of 364.