E-Hawks Take County Title, Win Okoboji Invitational
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawk golf team came up with a pair of satisfying victories in action on the links over the weekend.
On Friday, the E-Hawks claimed the county title with a 166 stroke score over Graettinger/Terril/ Ruthven-Ayrshire and West Bend-Mallard at the Hillcrest in Graettinger. WBM?finished second with a 191, while GT/RA?was third with a 196.
Emmetsburg’s Ben McCain earned the county medalist honors with a round of 38, while there was a three-way tie for the runner-up honors with Michael Pugh and Arthur Heldt each shooting rounds of 42, along with Greg Mader of West Bend-Mallard.
For the E-Hawks, McCain’s 38 paced the scoring, with Pugh and Heldt following up with 42’s. Tyler Clasing and Jake Jackson both added rounds of 44 and Michael Myers rounded out the effort with a 45.
For West Bend-Mallard, Greg Mader led with a 42, while Ryan Banwart shot a 49. Chris Schmitt and Jake Umsted both shot 50, while Taylor Foley carded a 54 and Tony Bruellman added a 56 to the effort.
Graettinger/Terril-Ruthven-Ayrshire was paced by Tanner Naig with a 44, while Blaze Alesch carded a 49. Zach Harris shot a 51 and Dylan Fischer carded a 52, with Ty Gibson shooting a 55 and Ethan Petersen rounding out the effort with a 69.
Traveling to Milford the next day, the E-Hawks would come up with a 337 team score to win the Okoboji Invitational, played at Emerald Hills, the course where the E-Hawks will golf in their District Meet on May 13.
Sibley-Ocheyedan was 10 strokes back with a 347 to finish in second place. S-O’s Bryan Reed was the meet medalist with a 79, but Emmetsburg’s Tyler Clasing came up with a round of 82, including an out-of-bounds penalty, to take the runner-up medal honors on the day.
Arthur Heldt would follow with an 83, while Ben McCain and Michael Pugh both shot rounds of 86. Jake Jackson shot an 88 and Michael Myers carded a 95.
“It was good to see a couple of our sectional opponents and get to play the sectional tournament course,”?Freeman noted. “It was also good for the underclassmen to see the course and play it. I?thought Tyler played a very good round, and hopefully, we’ll have a better feel for the course when we return for the sectional. It was a very good confidence builder because it showed us we have the capability and the confidence to win matches like this.”