Griffin St. Pierre

Troy Buchanan’s Griffin St. Pierre hits a tee shot at the Class 5 District 8 Golf Tournament at Woods Fort Golf Course on May 10. The senior finished seventh in the tournament to qualify for the Class 5 State Tournament in Sedalia.

Troy, Mo. - In what has already been a successful high school golf career at Troy Buchanan, Griffin St. Pierre has a chance to add one more accolade: all-state honors.

The senior has an opportunity to do that after shooting a eight-over-par 78 to finish eighth in the highly competitive Class 5 District 8 Tournament, and earn a spot in the Class 5 State Tournament in Sedalia on May 10.

“He’s always worked really, really hard. There was a lot of pressure in that district, and he’s always handled that really well,” Trojans coach Myron Daw said of St. Pierre. “There were a lot of golfers who didn’t qualify for state who would have qualified in any other district.

“This was a meat grinder of a district.”

St. Pierre said qualifying for the state tournament from such a tough district should prepare him for what he’ll see in Sedalia.

“It gives me some confidence that we have some of the best golfers in the state in our district – and that tells me I can play with anybody,” the McKendree University commitment said.

St. Pierre also said having a home course advantage at Woods Fort Golf Course allowed him to play his game.

“It was a big advantage to me because I know the blind spots,” he said. “It helps you with your club selection. You know you’re going to get some bad bounces, so you know you have to keep working out there.”

Daw said all of his golfers did a good job navigating their home course in the district tournament.

“Woods Fort is just a really tough course all around, which makes it really tough for an average golfer,” said Daw, whose squad shot a total score of 353 for a seventh-place finish.

St. Pierre said he has one more chance to complete a goal that was denied him due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One of my big goals was to make All-State by my senior year, but it was taken away my junior year,” he said. “Now I have a chance to do that.”