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SL boys golf coach excited about return of four varsity players

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Andrew Zinn is excited about the upcoming boys golf season, but he’s most excited about the return of four varsity players from last year’s team that finished second in the Lakes Conference.

Heading that list for Storm Lake is first team all-state golfer Charlie Dvergsten, who qualified for the state tournament last year. Also back are Carson Lullmann, Cam Boyd and Jayden Butler.

“I am excited to see what all of them can do this season,” Zinn said.

There are several top prospects who will compete for the other two varsity spots. They include Jake White, Peyton Phillips, Grant Smith, Alan White, Bobby Boeckman, Ty Bodholdt and Carson Taylor.

“I am excited to see out of this group who will contribute at the varsity and JV level this year,” Zinn said. “I expect a lot of competition going on for the final varsity spots and top JV spots.”

Zinn measured the team’s strengths entering the season.

“We have four guys with varsity experience coming back this year,” he said. “I am most excited about this moving forward. I am excited about how well we can compete with the way we finished the year. I know all of them played a ton last summer and played with each other. This is a tight group of boys and I am excited to work with them this year.”

However, there are some question marks with the Tornadoes.

“Who is going to step up this year and contribute?” Zinn said. “How consistent can we be toward the end of the year? We have guys who have played from last year, but who is going to be a leader for us and step up to help us. Can we finally get over the hump and win the Lakes Conference?”

Zinn discussed the ways that this year’s team could be better than last year’s.

“I think the team is coming together great,” he said. “Everyone gets along with each other and that is huge for us this season. We are going to need a lot of different people to step up for us. We have been hitting early in the morning, and as the weather gets nicer, we will be able to get outside and hit some.”

There are a few important factors that will dictate how much success the Tornadoes have this spring.

“Our team goal is to finish toward the top of the conference this season,” Zinn said. “We will want to improve each and every meet, and if we are able to do this, we will be there at the end of the season when we need to be playing our best. We have a new opportunity this year. We have a varsity and JV conference tournament. I am excited to see this happen and see where we can finish as a whole team. We don’t know where sectionals or districts will be this year, but I hope they are courses we have played or will play throughout the season.”

Zinn offered his insight on the Lakes Conference.

“I feel Spencer will always be tough,” he said. “All in all, our conference is really tough and we have to make sure we are playing our best when we go against them to see where we fall in the conference race. Spirit Lake has a couple of guys who are young, so you cannot count them out. Cherokee has the returning Lakes Conference individual champion, so they should be much-improved as well. ELC is always streaky as well. We will have to find time to go to Emerald Hills and play there since conference is there this year.”

Schedule

  • April 12 at Newell-Fonda
  • April 13 at Unity Christian Invitational
  • April 15 at Spencer Invitational
  • April 16 Estherville Lincoln Central
  • April 22 at Denison-Schleswig
  • April 23 at Cherokee
  • April 25 at Spencer
  • April 27 Storm Lake Invitational
  • April 30 at Spirit Lake
  • May 3 Alta-Aurelia, RV, OABCIG
  • May 6 Lakes Conference at Cherokee
  • May 7 Alta-Aurelia, Cherokee

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