The Joplin Eagles return four golfers from a squad that finished third last season in both Class 5 District 3 and the Central Ozark Conference, including both of their state qualifiers in senior Hobbs Campbell and junior Harry Satterlee.
Veteran head coach Jack Pace said the Eagles have winning the conference for their team goal, being competitive as their strength, the top four playing to their potential as being the key to a successful season, Satterlee as their golfer who has most taken on a leadership role headed into a new season and sophomore Cash Tyson as being a golfer who could emerge and make an impact on the varsity level this season.
The Eagles also return seniors Dylan Bozarth and Ian Surbrugg, and Pace said that sophomore Taylor McMillian will likely complete the varsity starting lineup.
Campbell and Satterlee qualified for state last season at the Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau. Campbell finished 62nd overall at 167 (83-84) and Satterlee was 82nd. Satterlee’s 3-over par 75 had the sophomore tied for 14th after the first day, but he was disqualified upon completion of his second round of play.
Satterlee won both district and conference titles last season, carding 1-over par 73 at both events, and he bested Helias Catholic’s Davis Linhardt by four shots at district and his older brother Wyatt and Nixa’s Noah Naugle by one shot at the conference event.
Campbell finished ninth at district and 14th at conference.
Satterlee’s Next College Student Athlete recruiting profile lists 73.33 for his 18-hole average, 1.08 for his average scoring difference and +1.5 for his handicap, and he stands 151st in scoreboard ranking tournament scoring and 341st in junior golf scoreboard ranking.
Satterlee also has membership in the American Junior Golf Association, and he competed in the Accenture NW Arkansas Junior, the Gateway First Bank Junior hosted by PGA golfer Bo Van Pelt, and the UHY St. Louis Junior in summer 2022. Satterlee tied for 19th in Tulsa, highlighted by an opening-round score of 70.
The AJGA includes 7,900 members, holds 127 tournaments, and 750 members from the Class of 2022 committed to play golf in college.
Campbell qualified to state in both track and golf last spring. He has signed with the University of Kansas to compete in track and field and cross country.
At the state track meet last season, Campbell placed second in the 1600 in 4 minutes and 12.19 seconds, fifth in the 800 in 1:56, and fifth in the 4×800 in 8:02. He won a sectional title in the 1600, district titles in both the 800 and 1600 and a conference title in the 800.
Campbell wrapped up his prep cross country career earlier this school year with a fifth-place finish in Class 5 in 15:42.
Joplin golf opens the season March 27, and the Eagles have the Joplin Invitational at Twin Hills Country Club (April 6), the Horton Smith Invitational at Schifferdecker (April 10), the Ozark Invitational (April 13), the Carthage Invitational (April 17), and the Bird Dog Invitational at Briarbrook (April 24) before competition at conference and district, as well as state.
Briarbrook will be home to the conference tournament on May 2, while the Silo Ridge Country Club in Bolivar will host Class 5 state tourney on May 15-16.