Bloomfield's Bell takes lead into 2nd round

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Peyton Bell and the Bloomfield Wildcats head into the second day of the MSHSAA Class 1 golf championships looking to bring home some hardware.

Meanwhile in Class 4, Poplar Bluff's Nathan Woolard is in the hunt for a second all-state medal.

Bell holds a one-shot lead at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club in Bolivar with the Wildcats in fifth place heading into Tuesday's final round. Bell, who tied for 13th for all-state honors last year, shot 2-over-par 74 to lead the field Monday.

The Wildcats shot 349 and are eight shots behind Marceline and Greenwood, both tied for third a shot behind Lincoln's 340. Gallatin shot 330 led by Jett Simmons' 75.

The top four teams earn trophies.

The Wildcats look to improve on their eighth-place finish from last year.

Bloomfield's Dustin Debeaux is tied for 42nd at 89 while Holden Duckworth is a shot back tied for 48th. Levi Clary's 96 is 68th while Brant Hobbs shot 103.

Advance's Carson Miles shot 93 and is tied for 62nd.

In Class 4 at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin, Woolard overcame a rough start and is tied for 19th at 5-over-par 77.

The Poplar Bluff junior's second tee shot of the day on the 154-yard, par-3 11th landed out of bounds but he was able to save bogey.

"That's a great save," Mules coach Billy Pyland said.

Said Woolard, "I thought I was going to have a pretty good day after that."

He made the turn 5-over then saved par on No. 1, his 10th hole, with a 35-foot putt that broke nearly 7 feet to the right, Woolard said. An 8-foot putt was the first of three birdies a couple of holes later before an up-and-down finished the par-5 sixth for birdie.

After a three-putt bogey on the par-3 eighth, his 17th hole, Woolard closed with a 6-foot birdie putt to end his round.

"He was grinding," Pyland said.

Three players lead in Class 4 at even-par 72 while five players are tied for 14th, a shot better than Woolard. In all, 39 broke 80 on a warm and sunny day.

In Class 3 at the Sedalia Country Club, Dexter freshman Spencer Warren shot 84 and is tied for 61st. Seven players are tied at 6-over-par 76 for the final all-state spot while Southern Boone's Brayden Watts leads after a 1-under 69.

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