The Marceline boys' golf team hit the links for the first time in a competitive capacity last Tuesday. The Tigers traveled to Moberly and, despite cold and gray March conditions, finished atop the heap. Salisbury and New Bloomfield were also in attendance.

Coach Tim Jordan was pleased with what he saw out of his guys in what was essentially an early season, nine-hole tune-up.

"I was super happy with the team score the guys put together considering the weather was not the best," Jordan said. "This match was a good starting point for everyone, especially as a team. We hope to build on this and improve throughout the year, and I think we will."

Jordan was optimistic with his makeshift new top five, and with seemingly good reason. Senior William Woods signee Trey Hamilton led the pack with a score of 39, and Rylan Chrisman was close behind, shooting 41. Colby Sims shot 45, Cullen Bruner was one stroke behind him, and Brandon Swanson finished with a 55-stroke round. Marceline finished the round with a 171 team score, good for first.

The Tigers defeated Moberly by nine strokes on its home course, and finished 43 strokes ahead of Salisbury. New Bloomfield was more than 100 strokes back.

Hamilton and Chrisman were bettered only by Moberly's Bryson Yowell, who finished the nine-hole afternoon with a 35 -- the course's par score.

"Our team expectations are high for the season, and to see some guys step up this early on is promising," Jordan said. "We will continue to practice and get better to hopefully improve our team score. Our next match is at Macon and the weather should be better. This will hopefully lead to a better match for us as a whole, but no matter the conditions, we just need to keep improving day in and day out."

The aforementioned competition in Macon took place on Wednesday after a weather postponement on Monday.