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By Pat Dailey (for OzarksSportsZone.com)
BRANSON — Joplin’s Harry Satterlee followed up one of his worst shots of the COC tournament with one of his best en route to medal honors.
Satterlee birdied the 425-yard No. 18 hole to finish with a par 73 three-over that put him alone in first place in one stroke.
Satterlee found himself behind some trees after his tee shot on the 18th sailed left of the fairway. Regardless, his approach shot landed on the green and rolled less than five feet from the hole.
“I could barely see the flag and I was behind some trees,” Satterlee said. “I knew I could hit a hook. I hit a five iron hook and tried to get it closer to the green and it worked.
Throughout, he didn’t let himself be frustrated by not hitting his tee shot on the fairway and was confident he could hook his approach around the trees.
“Be confident in the shot you’re going to hit,” Satterlee said.
Satterlee repeated as the COC champion posting a 38 on the front nine and a 35 on the back nine.
“It was a tough start,” he said. “My putter let me down at first. But I started to gain a little confidence in him on the eighth hole when I birdied.
“I knew I could go low on the back nine,” he added. “I hit a lot of five- to seven-foot putts that boosted my confidence in my mental game.”
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It was his first time playing at Pointe Royale.
“It’s a tough course,” Satterlee said. “I struggled today. You have to be straight off the tee and the greens are a bit tricky. It’s a fun course to play.
Shooting a 74 and finishing tied for second place, Satterlee’s brother Wyatt and Nixa’s Noah Naugle.
Wyatt posted a 34 on the front nine and a 40 on the back nine and Naugle posted a 38 and 36.
Naugle charged early on his back nine with birdies on holes 10, 13 and 14.
Naugle helped Nixa win the tag team title. The Eagles totaled 307. In addition to Naugle’s 74, Chandler Burch shot 74 and Johnathan Miller and Jordan Hatman both shot 79.
As usual, Nixa coach Jeff Lotz pulled the names of his five players from a hat to determine who would play at numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
“It’s interesting, for sure,” said Naugle, who played in Group 2. “One day you’ll be playing with a kid shooting a 100 and the next day you’ll be playing with the best players in the tournament. I like the way we do it.
“I don’t care who I play with. I will go out and shoot the same scores,” Burch said. “I tried to come for the team and help in any way I could.”
Burch’s 75 puts him tied for fourth with Branson’s Ben Presley.
Ozark was second in the team standings with a 317 and Joplin third with a 318.
Individual Top 10
1. Harry Saterlee, Joplin 73; 2. (tie) Noah Naugle, Nixa and Wyatt Satterlee, Joplin 74; 4. (tie) Chandler Burch, Nixa and Ben Presley, Branson 75; 6. Carter Chronoster, Ozark 76; 7. CJ Jackson, Ozark 77; 8. (tie) Griffin Frey, Republic; Braxten Cahoon, Webb City and Jack Spencer, Carl Junction 78.
1. Nixa 307, 2. Ozark 317, 3. Joplin 318, 4. Webb City 327, 5. Carl Junction 332, 6. Carthage 336, 7. Republic 343, 8. Willard 356, 9. Branson 363, 10. Neosho 370.