Poteau boys golf team third at Tahlequah Invitational; Pirate golfer among Top 10 medalists

TAHLEQUAH — The Poteau Pirates golf team started the season very strong as they were third among Class 5A and 6A golf teams Wednesday afternoon at the Tahlequah Invitational.The Pirates were third with a score of 343, finishing behind champion Tulsa Bishop Kelley (326) and Tahlequah (340).But the good news was the two teams ahead of the Pirates were Class 5A teams.“It was a great start for us,” Poteau Boys Coach Mike Thomas said. “We beat all the Class 4A golf teams in the field.”One Pirate was among the Top 10 medalists as freshman Cody Shore was ninth with an 83.Connor Wheat and Jarrett Lowrimore also shot 83s, followed by Trey Wells with an 86 and John Scott Sanders with a 90.If it wasn't for Wednesday's weather conditions, the Pirates could have done even better.“It was really windy,” Thomas said. “I think we can get shave some strokes off our scores with no problem.”The Pirates will next compete at the Seminole Invitational on March 26 at Jimmie Austin Golf Course.“We're the defending champions,” Thomas said. “We're going to be ready to play when we come back (off Spring Break).”