Golfers ranked 15th, have shot at State

The men’s golf team has shown lots of perseverance over the off-season and it’s paying dividends in the divisional rankings.

“It’s been a great year. They’ve been exceding expectations with their work they’ve put in though the off-season,” coach Rich Strike said. “It’s a pretty good year. We’re the top of our division by seven strokes.”

Now Strike and the team are focused on what they need to accomplish to get to State.  “We need to find four of our players that need to get near their best rounds of the season at Districts.”

According to Strike, one golfer has been consistently among the best efforts so far this year.

“Jacob Bermel. He has the lowest average and he’s been our guy all year with all the off season work that he’s put in.”

According to Strike, that week to week reliable effort will be key for post season success. “We need more consistancy. We only have four guys with consistant scores.”

Junior Andy Kloos added, “We need to win divisionals this Tuesday and the Quadrangular at Pheasant Ridge, especially on our own home course.”

Bermel isn’t willing to stand alone in the spotlight. He says youth has been adding bright spots to the team’s success too. “Jared Deines. He’s only a freshman, and he’s about third or fourth man.”

Cedar Falls is currently ranked 15th statewide and is threatening climbing the totem pole. With wins at the divisional this Tuesday and the Quadrangular this Thursday, they would clinch a spot in the state tournament to really tear up the fairway.

Bermel, ranked 13th in the state in scoring average, and returning letterwinners Wil Hunemiller, Justin Kreger and Alec Braun need to be leaders to get far into State.

Strike said, “We need to continuously get better at our short game and remain confident.”

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