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Okoboji downs 'Dogs golf on tiebreaker

Monday, April 24, 2006

Pat Lane's personal-best 18-hole round of 78 led the Le Mars Community boys golf team to a runner-up finish in the 'A' division of the Lakes Invite at Brooks Golf Course in Okoboji Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs tied meet champion Okoboji with a four-player total of 327, but the Pioneers won the tiebreaker based on their fifth golfer's round of 87. Lakes Conference teams Spencer (329), Emmetsburg (332), Spirit Lake (335) and Estherville Lincoln Central (347) also competed.

Individual medalist honors went to Emmetsburg's Tom Thompson, who carded 38 on both the front and back nine holes for a 76 total.

Andrew Soderberg finished second for Le Mars with a 79 and was one of only five players to break 80 on the day. Teammate Bill Weets shot a 39 on the front nine and a 43 on the back to total 82 and Trent Sitzmann turned in an 88 to fill out the varsity top four. Nate Miller came in fifth for Le Mars with a 91 and Ryan Rolfes turned in a 95.

The Bulldogs turned in a season-low team score Friday afternoon at Le Mars Municipal Golf Course to down Spencer 162-165 in a non-conference dual.

Soderberg earned medalist honors with a nine-hole score of 38. Spencer's Craig Cunningham matched the 38, but Soderberg birdied the opening playoff hole to grab the win.

Lane was right behind with a then career-best 39, while Weets (41) and Rolfes (44) were also counters. Sitzmann and Miller rounded out the varsity squad with matching 45s.

Le Mars battled 35-mile-per-hour winds and temperatures in the mid 40s Thursday afternoon and finished third at a conference double dual in Estherville.

Storm Lake outshot host Estherville Lincoln Central 165-169 for the team title, led by medalist Aaron Claussen's round of 38. The Bulldogs were one stroke out of second with a four-player total of 170.

Soderberg topped Le Mars with a 43, finishing just ahead of Sitzmann (44), Craig Draayer (45) and Lane (46). Rolfes provided a non-counting round of 51.

Le Mars will conclude a stretch of six meets in eight days this afternoon when it hosts Emmetsburg and Hull Western Christian in a conference double dual at Le Mars Municipal Golf Course.

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