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E-Hawks State Bound

By Staff | May 24, 2011

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks will return to the Class 2A State Tournament this Friday and Saturday at Spring Valley Country Club at Livermore. Team members are in front from left, Michael Pugh and Michael Myers. In the middle from left are Jake Jackson and Tyler Clasing. In back, from left, are Ben McCain, Coach Kort Freeman and Arthur Heldt. -- photo submitted

STORM?LAKE – Details, details.

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks went into Friday’s Class 2A District Golf meet at Storm Lake with high hopes, and a realistic outlook. With some heavy-hitters in the 2A golfing ranks taking to the links of Lake Creek Country Club, only one thing was given on Friday – everyone would have to play their best golf.

And that’s just what they did.

Even though perennial power Carroll Kuemper took the District team championships and earned medalist honors on Friday, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks earned the runner-up honor and the right to advance to this weekend’s Boys State Class 2A Golf Tournament on the virtue of a tiebreaker – the score of the fifth player.

If you want the black and white – it went like this. Carroll Kuemper won the team title with a 304, while Emmetsburg and East Sac County both turned in team scores of 339. Under the rules of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the tie was broken by using the lowest score from the fifth golfer on each team at the conclusion of play Friday afternoon.

For the E-Hawks, it came from senior Arthur Heldt, who ended up posting a 91 stroke total to East Sac’s Ian Green, who shot a 94.

Those three strokes send Coach Kort Freeman’s E-Hawks back to the State Tournament, which begins this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Spring Valley Country Club in Livermore, and concludes on Saturday, May 28.

Emmetsburg’s drive to the State Tournament was led on Friday by senior Ben McCain, who shot rounds of 41 and 42 to turn in an 83. The freshman duo of Michael Pugh and Michael Myers would follow, with Pugh carding rounds of 43 and 41 for an 84 and Myers turning in rounds of 42 and 43 for an 85 stroke total.

Jake Jackson followed with his rounds of 41 and 46 to tally an 87 and Heldt shot the round that ended up counting the most with his 44 and 47 to tally the 91. Fellow senior Tyler Clasing rounded out the effort with rounds of 44 and 50 to shoot a 94.

“This was a great team effort,”?noted Coach Freeman. “People stepped up and played some quality golf and made good decisions. Now we know what we will need to do come Friday at State.”