Young golf team finishing strong

Just two meets remain before playoffs begin

The golf team has been performing above expectations this season, finishing in the top five in its last three meets.

“I thought that this season would be more of a rebuilding season, but the boys have played way better than I expected them to,” golf coach Dan Hensing said.

On Sept. 16 at a Mississippi Valley Conference Valley Divisions meet, the Tigers finished 5th, with sophomore Matt Bauman placing 2nd individually.

On the 20th, the Tiger Invitational, the Tigers found themselves in the third place spot, with sophomore Sean Fernholz picking up 3rd place in the individual rankings.

Then, three days later, at a Mississippi Valley Conference Meet at Pheasant Ridge, the Tigers placed 3rd, falling behind Cedar Rapids Washington (1st) and Jefferson (2nd). Senior Michael Lumetta led Cedar Falls individually.

Finally, just three days ago, the Tigers had a Mississippi Valley Conference meet at Gardner Park. The CFHS men’s team place 5th in the final team standing and placed two players, Bauman and Fernholz, in the 2nd Team All Conference. Bauman also placed 9th overall. Lumetta earned an honorable mention for 2nd Team All Conference.

For Hensing, coaching this young team has been a pleasure. “I enjoy being out on the course because I love the great game of golf. I get to know the student-athletes better. and get to meet great personalities.”

And the team members have, of course, been enjoying the success. “It’s been great, and we’ve been doing pretty solid. The guys are hitting great and are all playing good.” Bauman said.

Bauman has been one of the best golfers during the course of the season, and since he is only a sophomore, he can only get better. He is one of many golfers that will be returning next year, so the team has a good outlook on the future.

“I just love the game and love to play golf with my friends.” Bauman said.

The Tigers only have two meets left before the end of the season. The first one is today at 3:15 at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course in Marion. The last one is this coming Monday, and will be held at Elmcrest Golf Course in Cedar Rapids.

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