Postponed meet brings great triumph for Scout golf team

Senior Tylar Samek waits to tee off on the back half of the course. He ended up with a 69, taking first.

Renee Backstrom

Finishing their meet with a playoff against St. Francis, the David City High School golf team placed first out of ten teams at the DC Invite on April 29.

The day started off a little shaky as the boys had to get used to the wet and windy weather. Without Head Golf Coach Tom VanWinkle attending, the boys needed to push through.

Before the meet, VanWinkle expressed positive expectations of his team members.

“My expectations are for us to compete and represent the school in fine fashion. We have a strong chance to finish in the top two,” VanWinkle said.

Teams attending the meet were Twin River, Stanton, St. Francis, Osceola, Cross County, Shelby, Heartland, Friend, and David City.

The top four golfers from each team faced each other in a playoff in hopes of coming out victorious. David City and St. Francis tied at 328 strokes. The four golfers representing the Scouts were freshman Will Danielson, and seniors Tylar Samek, Dustin Papa, and Wyatt Phillips.

“I felt like we had to go out there and make par and not really worry about it,” Samek said. “I just needed to go out there and play like I knew how to play.”

As individual scores go, Samek ended with a 69, Papa with an 81, Danielson with an 86, and Phillips and junior Landon Sweeney tying with a 92.

“I feel the team did a great job in winning the playoff against a solid team, Humphrey St. Francis,” Danielson said. “Our senior leadership was key to the win and that will help achieve our goal of  bringing home hardware at the remaining few meets and qualifying for State as a team.”

The golf team competed at the Scotus Central Triangular on May 2 and May 5 and also competed at Thayer Central for Conference placing third as a team.

“I am looking forward to seeing how much this team wants to compete in the events that we have left this year,” VanWinkle said. “I think they have a great opportunity ahead of them as we move into Districts time. If we continue to improve, we should have a great chance to reach our goals for the season.”