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District Dominance: Baggett's leadership leads Palmyra to sectional

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Hunter Baggett won his second consecutive district title on Monday while helping his team clinch back to back championships. Hunter Baggett won his second consecutive district title on Monday while helping his team clinch back to back championships.

PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -- After back to back second place district finishes the Palmyra boys golf team has now won back to back championships. The Panthers remarkable run has plenty to do with their entire team but also their top player.

Hunter Baggett won medalist honors at Monday's district tournament for the second consecutive year. His consecutive medalist honors have come by a combined three strokes.

"I was nervous at the beginning of the round. But once we got started it was better," Baggett said. 

"At the end it got kind of close as a team. We got worried. Then it turned out good."

Baggett's victory shouldn't come as a surprise being that the Panther junior has been the team's most consistent presence all season.

Head coach Joe Brandenburg certainly wasn't shocked.

"We knew Hunter was doing well," Brandenburg indicated. 
 
"I was kind of following him around throughout the day. I got a chance to follow all of the guys around. I knew he was playing well and had a chance." 
Palmyra finished districts with five of its golfers placing in the Top 15 but it was Baggett's round of 81 that stood out to his teammates.

"We're really proud of Hunter and we support him a lot. And we're proud of what he does, he helps our team out, said Panther senior golfer Mitchell Sutter.
 
"He's good at being a leader, he's good at golf, he likes playing, and he's all our friend."

And leadership is a crucial piece to the team's puzzle.

"How he plays and how he acts, and the things that he does. That's how he leads, by example. When they see him on the golf course they have a lot of confidence in him," explained Brandenburg.

Along with great team chemistry Brandenburg says the ultimate goal is to reach the state tournament. He also believes that any player has the potential to make an impact.

"Each of them are capable of shooting a low score at some time or another. And if we could put them all together, they would go as a team and enjoy the whole experience," he said.
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