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Myers Earns Fifth At State Golf

By Staff | May 29, 2013

BACK?AT?IT - After a lightning delay on Saturday, Mike Myers tees off in second day action at the Class 2A Boys State Golf Tournament at Spring Valley. Myers would finish tied for fifth with a 158 stroke score. -- Dan Voigt photo

LIVERMORE – Emmetsburg’s Mike Myers played his way to a tie for fifth place overall in the 2013 Class 2A Boys State Golf Tournament over the weekend. After leading the tourney at the end of play on Friday, Myers and the field struggled with rain, blustery conditions and a soggy course on Saturday at the Spring Valley Country Club.

Myers, a junior for Coach Kort Freeman’s E-Hawk golfers, qualified for the state tournament as an individual after finishing fifth at the 2A District meet, opened his appearance at the State Tournament on Friday in strong fashion. Myers took advantage of sunny skies and good golfing conditions to take the tournament lead with a round of three over par-75 over the 18-hole course at the end of day one of play.

Saturday, however, was a different matter.

A light mist gave way to light rain as the golfers took to the links at 8 a.m. and about an hour later, a bolt of lightning prompted officials of the Iowa High School Athletic Association to clear the course, bringing the golfers to the clubhouse for nearly an hour.

When play resumed, the rain had subsided but the winds had started to pick up, adding to the difficulties for the golfers in addition to a soggy golf course.

FINAL?PUTT - Mike Myers lines up his final putt in action Saturday at the State Golf Tournament at Spring Valley. Myers would finish tied for fifth with a 158 stroke score. -- Dan Voigt photo

Myers would shoot a 41 over the front nine holes of the course, five over par. On the back nine, Myers played strong golf, but the 17th hole would prove costly as a pair of out-of-bounds shots would push his final score to a six-over 42, giving Myers an 83 for day two and a 158 stroke total for the tournament.

With the 158, Myers would end up tied for fifth place in the individual standings with Dakota Miller of Odeboldt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove.

“We’re very proud of how Mike played at the state tournament,”?noted Emmetsburg Coach Kort Freeman. “To lead the field after the first day is no small accomplishment at state. A couple of bad holes on Saturday were the difference for him.”