Lady E’Hawks Rally For District Win
POCAHONTAS – “We’re going to have to get things going if we want to contend.”
Coach Ted Riley had that thought in mind as his Emmetsburg Lady E’Hawks brought in their first round scores at Monday’s Class 2A District Golf meet at Pocahontas. With the win blowing 20 to 30 miles an hour out of a southerly direction, all eight teams at the district meet were facing some of the toughest conditions you can face in golf.
Emmetsburg answered the challenge of Mother Nature on a sunny but windy day as they won the 2A District Tournament over the host Pocahontas squad by a 413-419 stroke margin. The win advances the Lady E’Hawks to the 2A Regional Tournament this coming Monday, May 19, at the Lincoln Valley Golf Course at State Center. A first or second place finish at the Regional will propel Emmetsburg to the 2A Girls State Golf meet May 27-28 at Jester Park Golf Course at Grimes.
On Monday, the adversity of the wind, coupled with the quality teams playing in the tourney combined to make for a long, difficult day of golf. After the first nine holes were finished, Riley didn’t have to tell his golfers what they already knew – they had to buckle down and play their game.
That’s exactly what the Lady E’Hawks did.
Coming into the clubhouse after nine holes, Katie Heddinger led Emmetsburg with a 50, while April Corley and Abby Bird both shot rounds of 51. Sara Schany had a 56, while Megan Myers shot a 57 and Cortney Gappa added a 61.
“As the scores started coming in for the final round, I saw a 95 and a 97, and I thought, ‘Boy, we could be in for it,” Riley admitted, “But then Katie Heddinger brought in a 99 and then April Corley had a 101, and some of the other scores started coming in at 110 and higher, and things started looking a lot better.”
Heddinger led the flight of the Lady E’Hawks in the second round, shooting a 49 to give her a 99 stroke total, which would be the fourth best score on the day. April Corley turned in a round of 50 for a 101, and earned a tie for the fifth-best score of the day. Both Corley and Heddinger will also play on Monday in the medalist competition at the 2A Regional.
Abby Bird would shoot a 53 on the final round for a 104 total, while Megan Myers carded a 52 for a 109. Sara Schany shot a 59 to come up with a 115 stroke total and Cortney Gappa added a round of 54 to also shoot 115 for the Lady E’Hawks.
“This was a day of perseverance for the girls,” Riley said. “They hung in there and battled all the way through and it paid off for them. These are very exciting times for the team and we’re all very happy to be advancing to the Regional meet and maybe the state meet.”