It was almost all-out war.
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks had to battle not only a tough slate of opponents in Monday’s Class 2A Regional tournament, but a not-so-sneaky attack by Mother Nature as well. Gusty winds near 40 miles per hour at times bedeviled the entire six team field and individuals in the tournament, played at the Five Island Golf Course and hosted by ?Emmetsburg. But in the end, four strokes were the difference between first and second place, and the host Lady E-Hawks were making their plans for a return to the state meet.
“These girls did not go out there on Monday expecting to qualify to state,”?noted Head Coach Ted Riley. “They went out there and they earned that right to return to state. I’m very proud of them and we’re looking forward to the state meet.”
For the Lady E-Hawks, Jenny Hoch would come away with rounds of 50 and 45 to tally a 95 stroke total on the day, which would give the senior the fifth-best individual score, also qualifying her for individual medal play at the state meet.
Emmetsburg would get rounds of 47 and 49 from Jana Hoch for a 96, while Krista Peaslee shot a 49 and a 51 to tally an even 100 stroke game. Rounding out the counting scores for the Lady E-Hawks was Megan Myers, sho shot a54 and a 52 for a 106 stroke total.
Lauren Zimmerman was right behind her teammate with rounds of 49 and 48 for a 107, while Hannah Drost added rounds of 59 and 55 for a 114 stroke total.
But even with the challenge of the conditions, the Five Island Course received high marks from the participants.
“We can’t say enough about the hard work of Mike Knight and Amy Riska in helping host this meet,”?Riley said. “We’re also very grateful to the volunteer scorers and everyone who assisted us in hosting the meet. Without all their efforts, it wouldn’t have been such a success.”