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Class 2A District Golf ELC returns to State

Schiltz cards 83 to lead Midgets

May 22, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

ARNOLDS PARK - After graduating four four-year starters from last year's state qualifying team, Estherville Lincoln Central wasn't expected to return to state.

But the ELC players put their best games together when they needed and took second at the Class 2A District Tournament on Thursday to return to state.

"An amazing accomplishment these young men pulled off today, by qualifying for the Class 2A State Golf Tournament next Thursday and Friday in Marshalltown," said ELC coach Dave Van Roekel. "When you consider we graduated four, four-year starters off of last year's state tournament team, the belief they had that they could do this, is extremely satisfying as a coach. Today was what we call a grind fest. You have to have mentally tough kids when things aren't going that well, to play hard until the last putt is holed."

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Sioux Center won the district tournament with a 334 with ELC's 348 good enough for second-five strokes ahead of third-place Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley.

"Ryan Schiltz led the way today with an 83; his game has matured so much in the last two weeks," said Van Roekel. "It's fun to watch him go through the process.

"Izaak Sander had an 86, which is not up to his standards, but he kept grinding the whole day, and he is a relentless worker in trying to improve his game.

"Blake Ingvall might have had the best preparation in our practice time at Emerald Hills, and came in with an 88 that included a few glitches, but he had the fire in his belly to keep competing today. "Blake Miller had a 91 today, which is not what he was hoping for, but he never gave up and now, as our lone senior, has been part of four state tournament banners, two in golf, and two in baseball.

"Hogan Kriech and Tristan Howard both had 95s today, and both got off to really rocky starts, but, they never once gave up in trying to help their team!

This year's team also has a solid fan base.

"Our fan support today was tremendous, with parents, grandparents, alumni, and fellow teammates," said Van Roekel. "We can't begin to tell you how much that means to the kids, and our program. This is a very special group of young men, that just play for the love of the game!"



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