Maharishi School Boys Golf

Tournament Report
Iowa Class 1A State Golf Championship
Friday & Saturday, May 28 &29, 2004
Otter Creek GC, Ankeny

Team Scores

298-314 612 Newman Catholic Champion

306-314 620 Maharishi School Runner-up

315-316 331 Adair-Casey

311-331 342 Treynor

315-327 342 Lynnville-Sully

324-330 354 Preston

321-338 659 West Monona

327-339 666 Nora Springs-Rock Falls

329-338 667 Greene/Allison-Bristow

332-336 668 Newell-Fonda

Individual Top Seven - All State Honors

69-72 141 Josh Krueger Sumner Champion

69-73 142 Kyle Burgmeier Newman Runner-up

76-69 145 Blake Hibben Northern University High

74-73 147 Will Carlisle Maharishi

73-76 149 Josh Reed West Monona

72-80 152 Jason Huffman Aquinas

77-76 153 Blair Carney Adair-Casey

Maharishi School

35-39 74 36-37 73 147 Will Carlisle Fourth Place & All State

37-41 78 39-39 78 156 Aaron Steinberg Twelfth

37-40 77 41-40 81 158 Dylan Rudney Fourteenth

35-42 77 40-46 86 163 Mani Mullenneaux Twenty-ninth

38-43 81 38-44 82 163 Danny Steinberg Twenty-ninth

41-43 84 41-42 83 167 Nick Juskewycz Fortieth

Under the Big Top -- Ten teams out of the approximately 150 teams that play Class 1A golf made it through the Sectional and District rounds to play in the finals. At the same time that these teams were competing for the team title, their sixty players, joined by six individual qualifiers, were competing for the individual title. The played eighteen holes Friday and again on Saturday. Weather was not a significant factor either day, though a moderate wind did come up on day two. Otter Creek GC plays to a par of 36-35 71. The boys played from the blue tees to a length of about 6600 yards.

Fast Start, Complicated Finish -- The Pioneers scored a school record even par 144 on the front nine. Though Otter Creek's front nine is easier than the back nine, it was still a blistering pace, with one under par nine's from Will Carlisle and Mani Mullenneaux. They couldn't keep it up though, as they flagged to a back nine 162 to fall eight strokes behind Newman after the first day. Newman's first day 298 would seem to be a case of a good team rising to the occasion with its best performance.

The two teams had met earlier in the season with the Pioneers prevailing by ten strokes at the eighteen hole Walnut Ridge Invitational. So the Pioneers felt that they could re-assert themselves to make up the deficit on the second day. Once again they got off to a good start, shooting a 154 on the front. Will went even par. Nick Juskewycz, shotgun started on the toughest stretch of the course on hole fourteen, was one under after five holes. The other players seemed poised to post two scores in the seventies to back up the low scores from Will and Nick.

Then the fates rubbed the Pioneers' green the other way. With five holes to play, Nick was two over par and Danny Steinberg seemed headed for the possible sub-eighty score the Pioneers would need to catch Newman. But two separate rules debates broke out in their two foursomes (which did not include any Newman players). The subsequent disruption of their focus was too much to overcome. The Pioneers had to settle for a second day score of 314 which made up no ground on Newman's Own 314.

Pioneer Coach Ed Hipp commented on the difficult finish, "We came back magnificently against Preston at Districts. We seemed poised to do it again. It is a test of our non-attachment to have our chances at that interfered with in such an unusual way. The rules are designed to create fair play and a common ground amongst the players so that skill can prevail. It can be difficult for players and coaches to stay grounded in that design.

"Nick and Danny got thrown into a tough situation. Referenced to winning, it was a drag. Referenced to their development as men and as golfers, they will learn from it and be stronger. It is for us now to refer to Self, re-center in our higher intention of this season, further develop our ability to handle unforeseen challenges, and celebrate a great season."

Pioneer Golf's Second Best Season -- Thus the Pioneers closed out the 2004 season with a long list of performance accomplishments. It could be said that they came within eight strokes of completing the best season in the eleven years of Pioneer golf. They bettered the record of the 1996 State Championship team in many ways, but they probably needed a State title to assert their supremacy.

Team

* Super Conference Small School Division Regular Season Champion with a 7-0 record in duals.

* Unofficial Super Conference Small School Division Regular season JV Champion with a 7-0 record in duals. (Third year in a row with an undefeated JV team.)

* Super Conference Small School Division Tournament Champion.

* Super Conference Overall Tournament Runner-up, losing by two strokes to Van Buren.

* Walnut Ridge Invitational Champion, winning by ten strokes over eventual 2004 State Champion Newman and by fifteen over three time defending State Champion Sumner.

* Pella Christian Invitational Third Place, in a field of nineteen 3A, 2A, and 1A teams, losing to Knoxville and Pella, which went on to place second and third in the State Class 3A tournament.

* Sectional Champion, winning by twelve strokes over Marquette.

* District Champion, winning by one stroke over Preston.

* State Runner-up, losing by eight to Newman.

* Set a new nine hole school record for score and home course score by shooting a five over par 141 at Walton Club on April 15. The previous scoring record of 144 was set in 2002 at Flint Hills GC and the previous home course Walton Club record of 154 was set by the 1996 team.

* Set a new nine hole school record for score in relation to par with an even par 144 on the par 36 front nine of the first day at State. The previous record of three over par 147 at the par 36 Columbus Junction course was set by the 1995 team.

* Set a new nine hole school record for average score of 158.2. The previous record of 158.4 was set in 2002. Those are the only two times the Pioneers have averaged under 160.

* Set the best overall record ever at 73 wins and 4 losses. The previous best

record was 64-5 set by the 1996 team.

Individual

* Will Carlisle -- All State - Fourth Place, First Team All Conference, Fouth Place at Walnut Ridge Invitational,three time dual match medalist.

* Aaron Steinberg -- First Team All Conference, twelfth at State, District Runner-up, three time dual match medalist.

* Nick Juskewycz -- Sectional Runner-up, Second Team All Conference, Pella Christian Invitational Seventh Place, seventh at Walnut Ridge Invitational, one time dual match medalist.

* Danny Steinberg -- Second Team All Conference, Sectional Fourth Place, ninth at Walnut Ridge Invitational

* Mani Mullenneaux -- Honorable Mention All Conference, ninth at Walnut Ridge Invitational, tenth at District, three time dual match medalist.

* Dylan Rudney -- Honorable Mention All Conference, fifth at Sectional, ninth at Walnut Ridge Invitational, two time dual match medalist.

* Mitra Muehlman -- one time dual match medalist.

* Team Depth -- all four counting scores in top ten at Sectionals, all six players in top twelve at Walnut Ridge Invitational, all six players in top eleven at District, all six in top forty at State.

Senior Swan Song -- This was the last Pioneer outing for the Fab Four of Will Carlisle, Aaron Steinberg, Dylan Rudney, and Mani Mullenneaux. As freshman in 2001, they had an immediate impact. They infused the team with a fresh spirit and powered it to a second Great Run, with achievements reminiscent of the 94, 95, 96 Great Run. During their four years, the Pioneers had the following record:

Conference Duals: Champion, Champion, Champion, Champion

Division Tournament: Runner-up, Champion, Champion, Champion

Sectional: Runner-up, Champion, Champion, Champion

District: Third, Runner-up, Runner-up, Champion

State: N/A, Third, Sixth, Runner-up

Overall Record: 43-9-1, 55-5, 68-15, 65-3.

Four year overall record: 231-32-1 for a winning percentage of .875

Sweet on the Outside, Even Sweeter on the Inside -- The players went through so much learning this season. Profound inner stuff like 'why do I play this game, why do I want to win?' We saw the superficiality of some of the allure of victory and went for something more intrinsically satisfying. We discovered new levels of acceptance, commitment, resolve, team, generosity, and leadership. We learned about freedom and the responsibility of freedom. We learned about trust and letting go. We experienced the fulfillment of laughing together at ourselves, golf, and life. It was season full of fun, love and a fair share of peace.

Still Plenty of Golf for 2005 -- The Pioneers start their 2005 season now as they use the summer to build skills. The normal cylcle of high school golf calls for a rebuilding period after graduating four players of Will, Aaron, Dylan, and Mani's caliber. But as Coach Hipp says, "Great programs don't rebuild, they reload. We'll see about our greatness this summer." The team intends to return State for a school record fourth time in a row. For that they will be lead by veteran starters Nick and Danny, with several players preparing to join them in producing sub 160 nines: Max Steinberg, Mitra Muehlman, Sam Goldstein, John Clifford, Will Courtade, John Cope, Chris Gautherat, Donny Revolinski, Jake Gratzon, Eddy Hipp, and Nick Johnson.

Thank You!!! Thanks to all the parents, supporters, Maharishi School co-workers, family, teachers, and friends for your help in making this wonderful season possible. Expecially thanks to Dell for all you did with scheduling, logistics, the range, and your love and patience. Again from Hipp, "Coaching this team is one of the great blessings of my life. I am very grateful to be a part of the lives of these great boys and this great school. I learn so much and have so much fun. I rely on so many for this. Thank you to all."


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