E’Hawks Edged In Bid For State Golf Tourney Berth
FORT DODGE – So close, yet so far away.
For the sake of one stroke from the fifth place golfer, Emmetsburg’s E’Hawk boys golf team saw its chances to make a third trip to the State Golf tournament evaporate Friday afternoon.
Coach Tom Hoover’s E’Hawks would finish in a tie for second place with Kuemper Catholic of Carroll at the 2A District Golf Tourney with identical rounds of 313. But, under a new tiebreaker procedure, the score of the fifth golfer was used to break the tie.
Emmetsburg’s 85 was one stroke higher than Kuemper’s 84, giving the Knights the advancement to the State Tourney, and ending the E’Hawks’ season.
Cherokee won the tournament, played at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge, by shooting a 308 team total. Okoboji placed fourth, followed by South O’Brien, Eagle Grove, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Unity Christian and IKM-Manning.
“This was tough on the guys,” admitted Hoover. “They know this course and its a tough way to end the season.”
Emmetsburg had a solid game, with the exception of a couple of bad holes, as from top to bottom, nine strokes separated the E’Hawk golfers on the day.
Leading the way for Emmetsburg was Robbie Myers, who would shoot rounds of 39 and 38 to come away with a 77 stroke total.
Senior Marc Siemers closed out his career with rounds of 40 and 37 to come up with a 77 as well.
Tyler Kliegl would shoot a 39 and a 40 to come away with a79 stroke total, and freshman Ben McCain rounded out the counting scores with his rounds of 40 and 40 for an 80.
At that point, tied with Kuemper at 313, the tie breaker reared its head. Senior Matt Stillman was the fifth score, with his rounds of 43 and 42 for an 85, and Matt Wellik rounded out the effort with his rounds of 42 and 44 for an 86.
“This has been a good group of young men who enjoy the game of golf,” Hoover said. “We’ll miss our seniors, Matt Stillman and Marc Siemers and we thank them for their hard work and devotion to the E’Hawk Golf program.