—by Todd Thorson
The Roland-Story boys’ golf team saw their season come to an end at the 2A District golf meet held last Friday (May 17) at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Dike. Under bright sunshine and perfect conditions, the Norse finished sixth out eight teams with a 329 total. Columbus Catholic held off South Hamilton for the team title, 300-306. Denver was third, just one shot in back of the Hawks at 307. Jesup scored a 317, followed by Clarion-Goldfield (327), Roland-Story (329), South Hardin (339) and Sumner-Fredericksburg (343).
Evan Johnson led the Norsemen with a 77, falling only three strokes short of qualifying for the state meet in the individual competition. Cole Birchmier played well, scoring an 82. Tavender Jones and Colton Osmundson both came in with 85s. Chase Conis carded an 87. And John Barclay posted a round of 100.
Zach Ward of Columbus Catholic and Ian Muller of Aplington-Parkersburg led the individual standings with rounds of 73. Sean Cavanaugh of Columbus Catholic and Trevor Schweinfus of South Winneshiek were right behind with 74s. South Hamilton’s Trevor Ullestad and Braxton Risetter were in a group of five golfers that shot rounds of 75. Blaine Buhr of Denver came in at 76. And South Hamilton’s Jacob Hagland carded a 77, along with the Norsemen’s Evan Johnson and Denver’s Kurtis Smith.
"It was a great season for us," said first year coach Tyler Frederiksen. "We had one senior, three juniors, one sophomore and one freshman on varsity most of the year, so I’m hoping the guys keep playing and continue to work on their game so we can take another step next year. It was a fun season and I had a great group of guys who made it fun to go to practice every day."