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home : sports : sports Saturday, June 25, 2016

5/15/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Rickertsen medals to help Warriors advance to districts

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

With the venue (Wapsi Oaks), the opponents (a total of six Big East teams dotted the field) and even the weather (cool and damp), it would have been easy for the Calamus-Wheatland boys golf team to mistake Friday's 1A sectional meet for just another early-season competition.

The Warriors, though, knew the stakes involved with the event - a top-two finish meant a spot in the district meet, anything lower meant the end of the season.

Cal-Wheat played like it too, posting three scores in the top-15 to take second as a team with a 359.

Lisbon won the meet with a 349, while Marquette Catholic (who won the Big East meet on the same course earlier this season) also earned a spot at the 1A district meet with a third-place score of 364.

Leading the way again for the Warriors was freshman Austin Rickertsen, who used his knowledge of his home course to bring home medalist honors with an 82.

Rickertsen played his best golf on the front nine, leading the entire field with a 40 that included five pars (each one came on an odd-numbered hole).

The freshman added three more pars on the back nine to shoot a 42 for the 82. Lisbon's Nic Johnson and Prince of Peace's Connor Evers were both a stroke back, while Isaac Sturm of Marquette and Colton Krob of Lisbon were fourth and fifth.

Finishing behind Krob in sixth was senior Seth Patterson, who joined Rickertsen with a 42 on the back nine. Patterson had three pars - on 11, 12 and 15 - during the stretch.

The senior added a 46 on the front nine, which included the Warriors' lone birdie of the meet (on the par-four sixth hole) and a par on hole one. The result was an 88 overall.

Adding a 14th-place round of 93 was Brendan Williams. The junior joined Rickertsen and Patterson with three pars on the back nine (as part of an 46), while adding another par during a 47 on the front nine.

Providing a big lift for the Warriors was sophomore Kirk Hamann, who finished off Cal-Wheat's team score with a 96.

Hamann parred a pair of holes on the back nine and had an additional par on the fifth hole during his round.

Senior Austin Bumann just missed out on breaking 100 with a 101 - good for 26th - while Mitchell Hintermeister finished things off for the Warriors, who will compete again Thursday in Iowa City, with a 121.


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