The young MCHS Patriot golf team may be young, but they “ain’t skeered”. In a crowded field of sixteen teams last week at the Anna-Jonesboro McDonald’s Invitational held at Union County Country Club, they shouldered their way through the pack and emerged with a win in their first meet of the year. With the win the boys served notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with this year and in the next few years as well. Their 307 team score was one stroke better than Marion’s 308 and two better than Hamilton County’s 309. The young roster consists of two juniors, one sophomore and four freshmen. Dalton Korte and Mitchell Stegman are the juniors and “elder statesmen” on the team. Zach Burnham is the lone sophomore and Jon Duley, Nick Hunerkoch, Drake Stepter and Luke Weineke are all freshmen. At the A-J meet, Korte was Massac’s pace setter with a 73 which was good for the 3rd best individual score. Marion’s Jarret Brewer was the only golfer in the field of almost 100 to break par with a one under 70. Herrin’s Colin Howerton was second with a 72. For Massac Zach Burnham and Mitchell Stegman carded identical 76s and freshman Drake Stepter’s 82 was the score which made the difference in the scorecard total. Freshman Jon Duley also fired an 82 and Nick Hunerkoch shot 93 to round out Massac’s scoring. Just how good could this group of youngsters turn out to be? Head coach Brandon Thompson and assistant Gary Adkins both had high praise as well as some cautionary words about the A-J performance. “The win was great, beating Marion and Benton, and the kids all stepped up. But we hit three balls out of bounds on one hole  and teamwise we had 14 three-putts. We left some strokes out there and we’ll work on that and you can bet they’ll get better.” After the big kickoff win at Anna, the Patriots played at Murphysboro Monday afternoon in a dual meet with the Red Devils. Massac took Murphy’s measure with balanced scoring to counter the fine play of Kody Rendleman and Drew Navarra of Murphysboro. Zach Burnham led Massac with a 36 [nine hole match] while Dalton Korte followed with a 37. Jon Duley, Mitch Stegman and Drake Stepter all shot 40s and those three scores overcame the play of Rendleman and Navarra who shot 33 and 35 respectively. Murphy’s next two best scores were a pair of 43s and and a 46. Nick Hunerkoch shot 45 and Luke Wieneke had a 48 to complete Massac’s scoring.