Boys Golf Aims High Despite Weather Conditions

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Boys Golf Aims High Despite Weather Conditions

Eli Bales Reads a Green

Eli Bales Reads a Green

Eli Bales Reads a Green

Eli Bales Reads a Green

Ryan Schnurr, Contributor

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Eli Bales raised his left arm above his head, stretched out his therapy band and picked up his four iron. Instead of green grass, as is usual for the first week of practice in years prior, there Bales stood in front of an indoor net.

This year’s golf practices have been different due to the cold, elongated winter and now a soaked course. The team was forced indoors for the first ten days. Like the practices, moreover, Glenwood wants this season to be different than years before.

The Rams return four of their six varsity players from a team that averaged 153.86 per nine holes, the second best among all classes in the state of Iowa. Even more impressive, Glenwood led all classes in 18-hole average with a 308.60.

This is an upperclassmen heavy team, after Leath and Bales, Glenwood returns seniors Nick Stavas the projected number three, and Pierce Harrington-the projected number four. Rounding out the final two varsity slots are senior Dax Lappala- the projected number five, and junior Zach Carr.

Bales, the team’s projected number two, is recovering from injury, a labrum that he tore in a football game against Lewis Central.

“The rehab process has been good, I was out all winter, so it was hard to do any preseason work. But I feel pretty strong right now, and my swing feels great,” said Bales.

Returning two time Hawkeye Ten Conference champion, and Des Moines Area Community College signee, senior Ryan Leath is ready for the high expectations.

“This season we want to go out and win every tournament, win the conference tournament, sectionals, and districts then win the state tournament,” said Leath.

Two Time Hawkeye Ten Champion Ryan Leath

While this team is experienced, they have fallen short of expectations before. In the previous two seasons, the team has had its year ended at sectionals, which the first round of the postseason.

“We have started strong every season but haven’t found a way to finish yet. We have now been through it three times, and sticking to what we know and trusting ourselves is what is going to determine our success,” Said Bales.

Leath echoed the same sentiment, “I believe it all comes down to the mental game. We have the talent on this team it is just being mentally tough and the things we want to happen will happen.”

To better themselves at tournament play, Glenwood scheduled a two day 36 hole tournament. The first day will be played at Bos Landen in Pella, the second day at Edmondson in Oskaloosa

“I really think that two day tournament is gonna be a big tournament for us as it will help us prepare for the state tournament which is also a 2 day tournament,” Said Leath. “There will be a lot of great competition at that tournament which will be good for us to see and compete with.”

Glenwood will kick off the season Monday, April 1 at home in a duel against Clarinda. And yeah, this group of seniors has never lost a duel.