Boys golf team defeats Kewpies in first match

Kaitlyn Marsh

Senior Will Echelmeier makes a putt last Thursday at practice before their first match against Hickman. Photo by Makayla Baker.
At Lake of the Woods golf course this afternoon, the boys golf team played their cross-town rival, Hickman High School, to win their first varsity and JV match of the season. Already playing with as much vigor as last year, when the team won the state title, the Bruins defeated the kewpies by 21 strokes, winning 156 to 177.

Even though stormy weather threatened the golfers with the occasional rain drops and strong gusts, the top five varsity players displayed a satisfactory performance, despite the setbacks.
“It was really windy out there, so everyone felt like they left a couple of strokes out there,” senior Will Echelmeier said. “They didn’t have a bad day but [it] wasn’t that great either.”
Echelmeier recieved medalist honors shooting the lowest score of the match with a 36, followed by junior Tyler Bales with a 38, sophomore Jackson Dubinksi with a 40, freshman Jack Knoesel with a 42 and senior Austin Evans shooting a 44.
After their success last season, the Bruins hope to defend their state title, Echelmeier said. Although they lost their best player last year and now have a fairly young team, Echelmeier looks to lead to players to a victorious season again this year.
The “C” team plays Hickman’s tomorrow  and the whole team looks forward to playing again April third at A.L. Gustin golf course in the Columbia Classic if weather permits.
“I think that repeating is the ultimate goal,” Echelmeier said. “To try and get better every round should be our main goal with such a new [looking] team. If things go right I believe we could win a state title.”
By Kaitlyn Marsh