Seniors Grant Herrenbruck and Quentin Shaw have played enough golf to know their scores and those of their Sacred Heart teammates could have been a little better Thursday at Salina Municipal.
They also know when you sweep both the team championship and the top six individual medals, it’s hard to be too critical.
The Knights won their own Sacred Heart Invitational, putting together a four-man score of 289 to top runner-up Hutchinson Trinity by 73 strokes. They also had the low six individual rounds, with all six players breaking 80.
That included an individual title for Herrenbruck, his second in three tournaments this season.
“We’ve got a lot of room to improve as a team,” Herrenbruck said. “But given that the conditions were not ideal our score was pretty good.”
The temperature certainly cooperated with the afternoon high reaching 90, but the winds picked up as the afternoon went on, forcing players to deal with gusts of more than 35 mph.
“Our goal for the round was to shoot under par as a team but the wind didn’t help,” Shaw said. “We did put together a pretty solid team number, especially with Cole being injured.”
The Knights played without senior Cole Elmore, a three-time state medalist, as he continues to recover from a hand injury. Elmore hopes to return before the end of the month.
Herrenbruck took first place with an even-par 70, followed by Shaw and sophomore Tate Herrenbruck tied for second with rounds of 72. Tate Herrenbruck had the tiebreaker over Shaw with the lower back-nine score.
Freshman Kameron Shaw was alone in fourth place with a 75, followed by freshman Caleb Gilliland at 77 and senior Rase Welsh with a 79.
“We’re certainly not going to complain,” Sacred Heart coach Eric Muninger said. “It was a great day to play golf, and I’m really proud of this team.
“We have several guys that can shoot in the low 70s and even the guys at the end played well with high 70s. It’s great situation to be in.”
Grant Herrenbruck’s front nine included eight pars and a birdie, and he then moved to 2-under with a birdie at No. 10. After three consecutive bogeys starting at No. 15, Herrenbruck made birdie on the final hole to get back to even par.
“I scrambled pretty well,” Herrenbruck said. “My driver was off and on with a couple of really good drives.
“My irons were pretty good but I didn’t always have my distance dialed in and that led to a couple of bogeys.”
After a front nine of 2-over 37, Tate Herrenbruck had best back-nine score of the day including an eagle-3 at No. 18 to pull even with Quentin Shaw for second. Shaw, like Grant Herrenbruck, was 1-under on the front nine.
“It was definitely nice to play in some warmer weather for once,” Quentin Shaw said. “I struck the ball pretty well and felt confident over my driver. The wind helped and hurt at times, but it was a pretty fun round.
“My focus the rest of the season will be to play with confidence and build on this round. As a team we need to keep encouraging each other and keep putting up good numbers.”
Smith Center’s Austin Hobelmann took seventh with an 81 and was followed by Harper Martin of St. John’s Military with an 82. Alex Hickel of Central Plains (83) and Will Yates of Hutchinson Trinity (86) rounded out the top 10.
Freshman Morgan Newell had an 87 and placed 12th for Sacred Heart, with freshman Jack Elmore placing 18th with a 91.