Lady E’Hawks Qualify For State Golf Tourney
STATE CENTER – For the first time in more than 20 years, Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks will send their golf team to the State Girls Golf tournament next week.
By virtue of their second place finish at Monday’s 2A Regional meet in State Center, Coach Ted Riley’s Lady E’Hawks now see their season extended for another 36 holes on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27-28.
“We’ve been to the Regional tournaments quite a few times in recent years,” Riley said, “but this is the first time since 1981 that they whole team has qualified for the state tournament. I’m very proud of the girls for achieving this honor.”
In Monday’s Regional meet, West Marshall High School in State Center won the tourney with a a 378 stroke total on their home course. Emmetsburg followed some nine strokes back with a team total of 387, and also qualified senior Katie Heddinger for medalist play at the state tourney with her round of 90.
Playing at the Lincoln Valley Golf Course, the Lady E’Hawks played their game in the first round, with Katie Heddinger leading the squad with a round of 45. Abby Bird and April Corley followed with identical rounds of 49 and Cortney Gappa turned in a round of 50. Megan Myers shot a 51 and Sara Schany would finish the first round with a round of 69.
The second round saw Heddinger continue to play rock-solid golf, turning in another round of 45 for a 90 stroke total, while Abby Bird played through illness, turning in a round of 47to come up with a 56.
Megan Myers would shoot a 48 in the second round to come up with a 99 stroke total, her best round of the year for 18 holes.
April Corley would turn in a round of 53 for a 102 stroke total, while Cortney Gappa shot a 54 for a 104 and Sara Schany rebounded with a 53 to end the day with a 122.
“These girls have just persevered,” Riley said of his team. “When we got there on Monday, we just sat in the van and I told them that we could be a the end of the road, but that they just needed to go out and get the job done and they did.”
With the qualification for the state tournament, the 2008 Lady E’Hawks have a fun tie to the last state-qualifying Lady E’Hawk golf team.
In 1981, two members of the Lady E’Hawk team were Jennifer Lowe and Jeri Pettit. Today, those two players follow their daughters on the course as Jennifer Myers, mother of Megan, and Jeri Heddinger, mother of Katie.
“That’s a neat thing for the girls too,” Riley noted. “We’ve had great support from the parents all season, even when we were out of our element over there on Monday and it’s paid off.”
Katie Heddinger, Abby Bird, April Corley, Sara Schany, Megan Myers, Cortney Gappa and alternate Tori Heldt will make the trip to the meet, and continue to practice and prepare for next week’s match.
“I told the girls to go out and show a great deal of Lakes Conference Pride,” Riley said. “They did, and I’m sure they will next week.”