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Lady E’Hawks Place Sixth At State Links

By Staff | Jun 3, 2008

AN OUTSTANDING SEASON - The Emmetsburg Lady E’Hawks earned sixth place in the class 2A Girls State Golf Tournament last week in Marshalltown. Members of the squad earning the honors included, from left to right: Cortney Gappa, April Corley, Katie Heddinger, Sara Schany, Abby Bird and Megan Myers. Tori Heldt, who was not present for this photo, also played at the State Tournament. The Lady E’Hawks were coached by Ted Riley, with assistance from Volunteer Coach Dean Newlon.--Photo courtesy Robbin Bird.

MARSHALLTOWN – the 2008 golf season ended for Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks with a sixth place finish in the Class 2A Tournament, played last Tuesday and Wednesday at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown.

Emmetsburg, who held sixth place after the first day of the tournament with a 409 score, shot a 411 on the second day to finish with a team total 820 strokes.

“We were just six strokes from fifth place team-wise,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Ted Riley. “These girls represented Emmetsburg and their school very, very well, especially when you think that the school and community have been waiting 27 years to get back to the state tournament.”

Individually, Katie Heddinger would rebound from a tough first day ‘s score of 104 to cut 14 strokes from her game and carded a 90 to tally a two-day score of 194.

Abby Bird, who led Emmetsburg after the first day with a 96, shot a 99 on Wednesday for a 195 stroke total.

April Corley would card a 103 on day one, and then shot a 112 the second day for a 215 stroke score, while Megan Myers had a 106 the first day and a 110 on the second day for a 216.

Sara Schany would shoot a round of 113 the first day and a 119 the second day for a 232 stroke total and Cortney Gappa fired a 111 on the first day of play. Tori Heldt would play in Gappa’s place on the second day of the tournament and shot a round of 118 to round out Emmetsburg’s efforts.

“The first day of state, the girls played in rainy conditions,” Riley noted, “but they really bulled their way through the adversity and competed very well to end up just two strokes behind Clarinda at the end of day one.”

While the weather was a little more hospitable on the second day of the tourney, Riley noted the course was still challenging, due to its condition.

“They had quite a bit of winter kill, so the girls had to play winter rules. They kept their composure very well and I really couldn’t be prouder of how they performed,” Riley admitted.

In reviewing the season, Riley noted that the state tournament experience was a great reward for the girls’ hard work during the season.

“when you stop and think that there are 96 Class 2A schools playing girls golf and that we finished as the sixth place team out of those schools, that’s a pretty good testament to the work ethic of these young ladies,” Riley explained. “We had such great senior leadership all season long from Katie, Abby, April, Sara, Cortney and Tori, and I think this was just a great way for these six seniors to end their high school careers.”

However, even with the loss of the seniors, Riley is very optimistic for next season.

“Even with the loss of our seniors, we have the good fortune to have Megan Myers returning, and with her state tournament experience, she should be able to draw on that experience in a leadership role next season, too.”

Riley paused a moment.

“We all want to thank Dean Newlon for his assistance as a volunteer coach through the season and at Marshalltown,” Riley said. “I’m sure he would agree that it was like I told the girls on the last morning of play, that anytime you are playing in the last game of the season in any sport, you’ve had a pretty darn good year.”