E-Hawks Third At Lakes Invite
OKOBOJI – While they’ve been able to get in a couple more meets than the track teams this Spring, Emmetsburg’s boys’ golf squad is still battling the weather along with their opponents on the links. The E-Hawk golfers placed third on Saturday in the Lakes Invitational at Brooks National, finishing behind Spencer and the host Spirit Lake squad.
Spencer won the invite with a 315 score, followed by Spirit Lake witha 328 and the E-Hawks with a 331. Estherville Lincoln Central was fourth with a 350, while LeMars carded a 351 and Okoboji added a 367.
“I am happy with our performance as a whole, as we placed all of our guys in the top half of the field on another tough day for golf,” noted Emmetsburg coach Kort Freeman. “We were three strokes back of a very good Spirit Lake Team on their home course and 16 back of Spencer. We made some mental mistakes on the course that cost us some strokes. But, our goal right now is to play a round with out any mental mistakes.”
For the E-Hawks, Arthur Heldt led the way, finishing fifth overall with rounds of 39 and 40 for a 79 stroke total. Michael Myers was eighth with rounds of 42 and 41 for an 83, while Jake Jackson carded rounds of 45 and 39 for an 84 stroke total to finish 12th.
Ben McCain shot a 43 and a 42 to finish in 15th place with his 85 stroke total, while teammate Tyler Clasing carded a 41 and a 44 for an identical 85 score to place 16th. Rounding out Emmetsburg’s efforts was Michael Pugh with rounds of 42 and 45 for an 87 stroke total, good for 18th place overall.
“Our underclassmen are stepping up nicely this year,” Freeman noted. “Mike Myers has been playing some good golf and I know he will continue to improve. Mike Pugh had a tough day Saturday, but he has been very solid for us too. Jake Jackson had an exceptional front nine with a 39 but let a couple slip on the back.”
Freeman continued, “Our Seniors right now are probably not playing at the level they would like to be at. Arthur Heldt was our team medalist for the day but he knows that there is some fine tuning to do. Ben McCain and Tyler Clasing have not caught their stride yet this year but without a doubt, they will be ready when the chips are down.”
After battling the extremes of the weather, the E-Hawk golfers have a couple of days rest as they don’t play again until this Friday, April 29, when they travel to Graettinger’s Hillcrest Country Club for the Palo Alto County Meet with Graettinger/Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire and West Bend-Mallard at 4?p.m.
“As a team, we have some pretty lofty goals for ourselves this year,” Freeman admitted, “but I think that these young men certainly have the talent to reach those goals and I have all the confidence in the world that they will do so.”