By One Stroke
ADEL – Oh, so close – and yet, so far away.
For Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawk golfers, their third place effort after day one of the 2010 State Girls Golf ?Tournament held firm, as they finished third overall in the team race on Wednesday at the River Valley Golf Club at Adel.
Emmetsburg shot a two-day total of 788, a stroke behind Clarinda with a 787 and Carroll Kuemper, who won the Class 2A title with a 760 stroke score.
“The intrinsic motivation of the girls on Wednesday was very important to them to play well,” observed Emmetsburg Head Coach Ted Riley. “To finish third out of 196 Class 2A schools, and to improve on their sixth place finish last year, that was no small accomplishment on their part, that’s for sure.”
After finishing the first day of the tournament just nine strokes out of the lead on Tuesday, Emmetsburg hoped to be able to close the gap and fight their way to the top on the second day of the event.
After Day One of the State Class 2A Tournament, Emmetsburg shot a 393 stroke total. The Lady E-Hawks were led the first day by Jenny Hoch, with a 93, Megan Myers with a 95 and Hannah Drost with a 99.
Krista Peaslee shot a 105, Lauren Zimmerman shot a 107 and Janna Hoch shot a 109.
On Wednesday, with Ashley Pelzer playing in place of Hannah Drost as the alternate, the Lady E-Hawks took to the course.
Jenny Hoch would end up with a 94 to card a 187 for the two-day total to lead the Lady E-Hawks and earn 13th place overall.
Megan Myers shot a 100 on Wednesday and finished with a 195, good for 22nd place. Krista Peaslee shot a 96 on Wednesday, improving her game by nine strokes, to tally a 201 for the tournament and finish tied for 27th place.
Janna Hoch improved her game on Wednesday by three strokes to shoot a 215, which put her in 35th place, while Lauren Zimmerman carded a 116 to finish with a 223 stroke total in 41st place. Ashley Pelzer would shoot a round of 112 on Wednesday to round out Emmetsburg’s efforts.
“These were two very intense, seven hour days of focus for the girls,”?Riley noted. “I thought they played very well for the conditions and the course itself.”
For Emmetsburg, the season comes to a close for seniors Jenny and Janna Hoch, Krista Peaslee and Lauren Zimmerman, along with Amanda Pugh and Amanda Walters.
“Our seniors did a great job of leading this team this year, and last year as juniors,”?Riley noted. “Their contributions will be missed, but the leadership they provided to our underclassmen is also very promising. Coach Newlon and I are both pretty excited about the direction that Lady E-Hawk golf is headed and we’re certainly looking forward to next season with our returning players and underclassmen.”