Two Van-Far golfers earned second team, all-EMO Conference honors at the EMO Conference event held May 1 at Eagle Bluff Golf Course in Clarksville.
Brandon Otis led the Indians with a 93 in spite of being eight over after 10 holes. His score put him in a tie for eighth place. He lost a scorecard tiebreaker to earn second team honors.
“So for him to kind of get that ship in the right direction, to salvage a 51, that was big for him,” said Van-Far head coach Joe Basinger. “He then shot a 42 on the front, which is an extremely good score for those conditions that day.”
Justin Menard, of North Callaway, shot a 40 on the front nine, putting Otis just two strokes behind Menard on holes one through nine.
Trenton DeTienne finished his round with a 96 to earn second team honors in 11th place. One of DeTienne’s shots was 30 yards from the green and it went in for a birdie.
“Trenton’s game is starting to come around,” Basinger said. “He got new irons around his first or second match of the season and he’s starting to play really well.
Jayda Borgmeyer was third on the team with a 110 for 28th place. Nick Crow shot a 122.
Basinger said the conditions were cold and windy and he thought his team played well considering their challenges.
Van-Far’s team score was 421 for seventh place. Silex won the title with a 367.
Before the EMO Conference golf meet, Van-Far lost a tri-match at home against larger schools Bowling Green and Palmyra.
The Indians shot a 220 while Palmyra beat the Bobcats to win the event.
Borgmeyer shot a personal best 50 on her home course in spite of some nasty weather.
“She was ecstatic,” Basinger said.
Otis also shot a 50, DeTienne shot a 55, and Crow added a 65. Van-Far was the host school for the event, though it was held on a neutral site with an 18-hole course not in Vandalia. Basinger said he’s thankful for Coach Schafer (Wright City), Coach Vicki Briggs (Community R-VI), and Bob Brody (Vandalia) for serving on the rules committee. He’s also thankful to Van-Far’s administration and those at the Eagles Bluff Golf Course.