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Myers To Play For Medalist Honors

By Staff | May 28, 2009

FOLLOW?THROUGH - Emmetsburg’s Megan Myers follows through on a tee shot during play in Tuesday’s Class 2A Regional at Primghar. Myers shot a 95 to lead Emmetsburg to the team title and return trip to the State Tournament next week in Marshalltown. -- Photo courtesy Carol Peaslee

After a 27 year hiatus from the Girls State Golf Tournament, Emmetsburg made an appearance in the state links tourney last season.

But, graduation decimated the Lady E’Hawks, taking six of the seven team members from that state-qualifying squad.

While some might view that as a major obstacle to overcome, Coach Ted Riley’s squad simply worked harder in the off season and carried that hard work ethic through the season to capture the Class 2A Regional title Tuesday at Primghar.

Emmetsburg earned a consecutive trip to the state tournament next week with a 399 total score on Monday, defeating Sioux Center by 12 strokes for the trip to Marshalltown. Sioux Center was second with a 411 while St. Edmonds of Fort Dodge finished third with a 414.

“This is a very exciting time, no doubt about it,”?admitted Coach Ted Riley following the win. “We’ve talked alot as a team about deserving victory and working hard to have good things happen and that’s what all of this has come from, working hard, two practices a day and making your own luck. Things don’t just happen, you have to work hard for them, and these girls have done just that.”

In Monday’s Regional at Primghar, Megan Myers led the Lady E’Hawks with a 95 stroke score after 18 holes, and also qualified to compete in the individual medalist play next week at state.

Janna Hoch would shoot a 99 over 18 holes, while her sister Jenny carded a 102 total. Lauren Zimmerman shot a 103, while Krista Peaslee carded a 106 and Hannah Drost recorded a 112.

Ashley Pelzer will also travel to Marshalltown next week as an alternate for the squad.

“It’s great for this group of girls to be champions this year and repeat after last year, losing six out of seven from that squad a year ago,”?Riley noted. “We’ve worked two years to get to this point, returning to the state meet for the second time after 27 years off. When you accomplish something like this, back-to-back state tournament qualifications, you have to be pleased with the direction your program is going.”

According to Riley, a sendoff for the squad is planned at the Emmetsburg High School parking lot at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. “This is most definitely an exciting time for these girls, the school and the community.”