Amos ties for 3rd in deep, talented field at Northland Invitational

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Platte County sophomore Parker Amos grabbed one of just five medals in the Northland Invitational on Monday in Smithville. He carded a 7-over 79 on the Posse Course at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex to finish in a tie for third.

In a rare “off day,” Platte County finished in fourth-place as a team with a 350 but came in just nine back of Rockhurst and one back of Smithville, which had the top two individual finishers in Andrew Conrad (75) and Eric Holmes (77). There were 17 teams total.

While Amos led the way, Platte County seniors Evan Handke and Grant Gomel shot matching 89s and tied for 14th, while sophomore Carson Childers rounded out the team score with a 93, tied for 27th overall in the field.

“While we didn’t have our best game going for us today, we did learn a few things about the course,” Platte County coach Trevor Short said. “There were plenty of shots left on the course today.”

Platte County 172, Oak Park 222

The Pirates returned to the Posse Course at Paradise Pointe on Thursday for a match rescheduled from a week earlier due to inclement weather.

Amos shot an even-par 36 to claim individual medalist honors, while senior Colby Guffey made his varsity debut and shot a 43 as the No. 2 finisher for Platte County. He previously played in the the Pirate Scramble Invitational but as part of the second team entered for the Pirates in their unique home event.

Guffey’s performance added to the depth of a senior-heavy roster with Handke carding a 45 and Gomel and senior Lakin Talley both shooting a 48. In addition to the five in the lineup Thursday, senior Connor Dean, freshman Garin Walton and Childers have also played varsity this season, giving Short eight players to work with during the stretch run of the season.

“Today was mainly a learning day for the players and the coaches,” Short said. “We are putting a lot of effort into our course management and varsity personnel so that we may put the best team together going into the (postseason).”

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