Central girls golfers now 2-0, boys suffer loss

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By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register


The Central boys lost to South Winneshiek 182-194 at Elkader Golf Course and Country Club on April 22. 


Co-medalists from South Winn were Shawn Klimesh and Branden Frana with scores of 45. Runner-up medalists from Central were Evan Pensel and Tommy Seeland along with South Winn’s Carson Wenthold and Logan Baumler, all with 46s. 


Other scores from Central were Parker Smith with a 47, Brock Eglseder at 55, Luke Asche at 60, Karl Gardner and Jordan Helgerson at 63, Tristan Weigand at 64, Keaton Klingman at 76 and Marcus Evans at 80. 


Central improved 17 strokes from the first meet. 


“It was a nice day and, honestly, the greens were faster than usual, and we didn’t adjust quick enough for a nine-hole round. We must also avoid penalty strokes that some of our players struggled with today. Our players will continue to get better through the season, and I would not want to be around another group of young men. They get along and they keep trying to get better. As a coach, you can’t ask for anything more,” said head coach Jamie Rodenberg. 


On the girls side, the Warriors beat South Winneshiek 238-242. The medalist was Central’s senior sensation Madison Sylvester, who shot a 48. The runner-up medalist from South Winn, with a 52, was Sydney Becker. 


Other scores from Central were Makayla Erickson with a 62, while Haley Frieden and Sophia Keppler both tallied 64s. Alexis Fettkether came in at 65 and Madison Schmidt 81. 


Sylvester had a consistent round, especially with her irons, and continued to be a great leader with the more inexperienced players. Erickson’s 62 was 10 strokes better than her last competitive round, and Keppler made a 30-foot putt on number four to highlight her 64. Frieden had a four on the tough par three in Elkader. 


“For this team to start 2-0, with so many beginners, and watching our senior leader Sylvester help, is pretty cool. These girls never complain about playing in the cold either. Coach Smith and I continue to look forward to seeing how good they will become,” Rodenberg said. 


The Warriors will hit the links next on April 26 versus Postville. The boys will play again on April 27 against Clayton Ridge, then both squads will head to Clayton Ridge on April 28. That will be followed by a match against Turkey Valley on April 29, at the Elkader Golf and Country Club. 

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