Smithvile returns 4 state golfers in 2020

Smithville golfer Nicholas Nielsen returns to build on a 49th-place finish in last year’s state tournament. Nielsen is pictured teeing off in April 2019 during a match against Park Hill South at the National II Golf Course.

SMITHVILLE — Trevor Mosby has been the only Smithville boys golf coach since the program started nearly 20 years ago. In that time, Mosby has held one simple, but not very easy, expectation for his golfers: qualify as a team for the state tournament.

The Warriors are looking to build on a season where they came up just short of accomplishing that goal.

Smithville finished first in their district after becoming the Suburban Blue Conference champions, but the team finished four strokes behind the necessary second-place finish in the state sectionals.

The Warriors still advanced four golfers to state, including returning sophomore Andrew Conrad whose score of 153 tied for ninth place, and were able to finish in eighth place as a team. Then-senior Trace Walters shot a 158 to tie for 18th.

Smithville will return four varsity golfers from that squad — including three state qualifiers in Conrad, senior Nick Nielsen and junior Eric Holmes. Nielsen finished 49th with a 166 while Holmes tied for 74th with a 179.

Mosby said that seniors Grant Fisher, Jack Massie and JB Clark are all potential golfers who could step into the varsity lineup.

Smithville will start their season facing Bishop LeBlond and Savannah Wednesday, March 25 at Savannah High School.

Sports Writer Mac Moore can be reached at 389-6643 or mac.moore@mycouriertribune.com.

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