LAKIN — He got an early start on the Masters, but Cimarron’s Matt Mowry was the proud winner of the green jacket after carding a 75 (five over par) to win the Lakin Invitational.
The Bluejays also picked up the team title, with all six players shooting under 90 and taking home six of the top seven medalists spots.
Cimarron scored a 323 to easily out-distance Scott City (378) and Syracuse (388) on a warm but windy afternoon.
Tate Seabolt and Justin Fugitt both fired 81s to finish in second and third.
Mowry four holes on the wide fairways but small greens of the Lakin Golf Course. With temperatures in the mid-70s and winds up to 30 miles per hour, it wasn’t an easy two trips around the course but it was rewarding.
“It was really windy—really windy,” Mowry emphasized. “I just had to be patient when it got gusty and wait.”
One his key holes coming into this meet was the par-4 eighth, a dog leg along the highway, and the par-4 ninth coming in.
“Last year I was 2-over for the rest of the holes but a combined 10-over on 8 and 9, so I had and emphasis on wanting to do well on those holes,” he said.
But the first go-around, eight caught him for a triple bogey, but he was able to recover with a birdie on nine coming in with a monster tee shot that landed pin high just left of the green.
He parred both the second time around.
Four days earlier, Mowry shot a 90 at Buffalo Dunes in the Holcomb Invitational in the wind and the cold.
“On Monday, I couldn’t pick out just one part of my game. It was just bad,” he said. “I’m a really good putter; it’s the best part of my game. But I couldn’t do that and save myself.”
Putts were the key Friday, as well as staying focused.
“I got it all straightened out and it showed today,” he said.
Cimarron coach Lance Walker has watched his team consistency stay just that—consistent—over the past few seasons.
“We lost two seniors (from last year’s state third-place team) and we’re replacing that with a couple of solid kids, so we’ve got lots of experience,” Walker said.
Solid is right, as he has never coached a team where all six players score in the 80s and below, he added, and on a course that usually gives his team fits, that says a lot.
Winning the first two meets under adverse conditions with different leaders stepping up is a tribute to his jays, he added.
“These kids golf all the time. It’s nice to have your top two or three rotate, like ‘who’s the best each week,’ so that’s a great problem to have,” Walker said.
Now it’s about staying focused as they head towards the post-season, he added.
Austin Plunkett of Syracuse was the only spoiler in the Cimarron sweep attempt, finishing fourth with an 85. Teammates Mason Cole and Ryan Thompson finished 11th and 14th.
Scott City had three medalists, Kale Wheeler (8th, 89), Jackson Lewis (9th, 90) and Shea Morris (12th, 96).
Mason Bell of Lakin finished 13th (96), and Fernando Muro of Stanton County was 15th (98).