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Rickertsen earns spot at state with runner-up finish
|Cal-Wheat freshman Austin Rickertsen watches his putt head to the hole during the Big East meet. Rickertsen continued his fantastic first season with the Warriors by qualifying for the 1A state golf meet with a runner-up round of 79 at the 1A district meet in Iowa City. Photos by Ross Eberhart|
By Ross Eberhart
A historic freshman season will have an appropriately memorable finish for Cal-Wheat golfer Austin Rickertsen.
In his first season with the Warriors, Rickertsen has earned countless medalist honors, won the final Big East individual championship and scored a sectional title.
Thursday, Rickertsen added another honor to his already lengthy resume.
Taking part with the rest of his Warrior teammates at the 1A district meet held at Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Iowa City, Rickertsen used a consistent approach to finish as the meet runner-up with a 79.
With Rickertsen leading the way, the Warriors finished seventh as a team with a 385.
Winfield-Mount Union won the meet with a 340, while New London earned the other team spot at state with a 344 (Lisbon rounded out the top-three with a 351).
"I am so happy for Austin," Cal-Wheat head coach Tim Wheeler said. "He works hard and it is nice to see that hard work pay off for him."
Wheeler's delight extended past Rickertsen as well.
"I am also very proud of the rest of the guys," he added. "Pleasant Valley is a narrow course with tough greens. They battled all day and, in the end, we did a nice job.
"I figured it was going to take (a finish) in the 340s to get out and knew it would be tough for us to reach that."
Rickertsen had just one stroke separate his front and back nine scores. The freshman parred four holes on the front and had a birdie on the par-four fifth hole as part of a 39.
Rickertsen added six pars after the turn, including five-straight at one point to card a 40 on the back and a 79 overall to finish one stroke behind Prince of Peace's Connor Evers.
Also breaking 100 for Cal-Wheat were junior Brendan Williams and senior Seth Patterson.
The former had a strong front nine with a pair of pars to shoot a 44. Williams added a par on the 17th hole and had a 53 on the back nine for a 97.
The latter played his best golf after the turn as he parred both par-fives on the back nine as part of a 47. Patterson had two pars on the front as well to card a 52 and a 99 overall.
Finishing off the Warriors' team score was senior Austin Bumann, who had a 110. Like Patterson, Bumann had a strong back nine with a pair of pars en route to a 49. The Warrior added a 61 on the front for a 110.
Mitchell Hintermeister parred a pair of holes during a round of (60-55) 115, while Kirk Hamann wrapped things up for Cal-Wheat with a par on the 18th hole and a 121 overall.
"It has been a fantastic year, and while we lose a couple of seniors that contributed a lot in Seth and Austin, I really look forward to next year and letting those younger guys step up," Wheeler said. "They need to put in some time this summer, but I know they will, and our future looks bright.
Rickertsen not the only newcomer at 1A state meet
It is safe to say that the 1A boys state golf meet held this Friday and Saturday at the Lake Panorama National Resort in Panora will be up for grabs.
Not one of the eight teams that competed in last year's meet at the same course returns and the field has just one player - New London sophomore Tristan Kadel - that took part in the previous meet.
That means plenty of players will be making their state debuts, not just Rickertsen, who will be one of 12 freshmen in the field (and the only one who will not be competing with a team).
Play starts with 18 holes on Friday starting at 12 p.m. and concludes with 18 more holes on Saturday starting at 8 a.m.
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