By John Parent
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
VERSAILLES- The Minster Wildcats claimed the top spot at the Midwestern Athletic Conference boys golf tournament held on Saturday at Stillwater Country Club. Parkway's boys placed second in the event.
Capping a tremendous senior season, Jordan Bollenbacher was runner up to tournament medalist John Burke of Minster, who shot a 4-over par 76 on Saturday. Bollenbacher carded a 77. Burke's teammates Austin Brackman and Freddie Purdy each scored a 78 and Parkway's Brian Schatzer rounded out the top five among individuals with his 79, which tied Ryan Knapke of Versailles.
All told, Minster's team had a great day up and down their scorecard. Xavier Francis, who carded an 81 on the day, was their fourth-best performer. He was seventh overall among the 60 golfers who participated in the event. With four of the top seven in the field, it would have been miraculous if the Panthers had been able to catch the Wildcats.
Parkway's team got very good rounds from senior Austen Stukey, with his 87 and junior Hayden Lyons, who carded a 90 to end the team scoring, but fell a combined 20 strokes behind the victorious Minster squad, 313-333. Parkway's total was eight shots better than the third place team, Versailles, who shot a total of 341. Connor Morton added a 90 for Parkway, with Cole Schoenleben adding a 113.Due to some postponed matches from last week that have yet to be played, all-conference selections have not yet been announced. Expect to see Bollenbacher and Schatzer among those honored when conference play is wrapped up this week.
The girls had their own MAC tournament on Saturday, held at Arrowhead Golf Course in Minster and Versailles took home the title with a combined score of 368, besting St. Henry's 390. Minster placed third with a 398.
Parkway's girls scored a 479 as a team, placing seventh among the eight competitors.
Junior Terra Walls has been the leader of the Parkway team all season and she led the way again on Saturday with a round of 94, which was tied for seventh-best among individual scores. Minster's Claire Fisher, along with Taylor Koesters of St. Henry and Brooke Wehrkamp of Versailles carded rounds of 81 to set the pace in the tournament.
Brenna Brazle scored a 115 for the Panthers and Autumn Stetler posted a round of 129. Parkway's team score was completed by Taylor Hesse's 141. Liz Dellinger (186) and Maggie Houts (194) also posted scores for Parkway.
As with the boys, all-conference selections and Player of the Year awards will be announced later in the week due to some postponed matches that have yet to be played.