Maharishi School Pioneer Boys Golf
Maharishi School Boys Golf
315 Maharishi School Sectional Champion & District Qualifier
Individual Top Ten
37-40 77 Hochstetler IMS Sectional Champion & District Qualifier
41-36 77 Nick Juskewycz
* The Iowa High School Athletic Association splits the schools that field golf teams into four classes based on school size. Class 1A is comprised of the 140 schools with the smallest enrollment.
* The Class 1A State Championship for golf consists of three rounds: Sectionals, Districts, and the State Finals. The state is quartered into four Districts and each District is quartered into four Sectionals. All teams are eligible to play in their Sectional which may have from eight to ten teams. The top two teams from each Sectional qualify to play in the corresponding District. (Because of home course advantage, in the case that the hosting school takes one of those two spots, then a third school also qualifies.) The top two teams from each District Championship qualify for the State Finals.
* These Sectional, District and State Final team competitions are at the same time individual competitions. That is, a player may advance through each round as part of his team and/or as an individual. If a players team doesn't advance, then the player must place in the top four individual scores to advance as an individual only. If a player doesn't place in the top four, but his team advances, he is still in the next round as an individual as well as part of his team.
* Maharishi School plays next on Monday, May 17 in the Pella Invitational on Bos Landen GC. This invitational is separate from the State Championship and has no bearing on that outcome. The Pioneers play in the District Championship at Valley Oaks GC in Clinton on Friday, May 21. The leading contenders at that District Championship followed by their Sectional score are likely to be: Preston - 309, Maharishi - 315, Belle Plaine - 323, Marquette - 327, and Montezuma - 328.
* Pioneer freshman Nick Juskewycz closed on the back nine with an even par 36 for the low nine hole score of the tournament. That put him into a three-hole playoff for medalist honors with Drew Hochstetler of IMS. The veteran Hochstetler prevailed. Pioneer sophomore Danny Steinberg also lost in a three-hole playoff for third place to Aquinas' Jason Huffman after carding one of only two 37's in the field to tie with the senior at 78.
* The Pioneers once again demonstrated the potency of their mix of four experienced seniors who have started for four years and have been to two State Finals along with the fresh input of a sophomore sensation and the freshman wunderkind.
* Super Conference golf coordinator Steve Rung announced that Pioneer coach Ed Hipp was voted by his fellow coaches in the small school division of the Super Conference as the Coach of the Year. Said Hipp, "The challenge for me this year has been to let go and trust that these players will express their true will appropriately; to provide an environment in which they can safely explore and find their own highest motivations. Playing in these tournaments just seems to shine a brighter light on how we're all doing in that. I'm grateful for the opportunity."
* Hipp added, "Nick and Danny are such valuable additions to our four seniors. Particularly, for Nick to come in as a freshman and play with the big boys with such heart and with the challenges he's had this season shows what a strong person he is. He has my deep respect."
* The Pioneers record stands at 9-0 in dual matches and 40-1 overall including tournaments.
* Deerwood is a par 36 couse with a shortish distance of 5820. It makes up for its short length with tree lined dog legs and domed greens. And the host school New London adhered this year to its tradition of setting the pins perilously close to the
edges at just the most sloped parts. Said Hipp, "Players come away from Sectionals asking, 'isn't there a rule about how close the hole can be from the edge of the green?'. With those domes and that pin setting policy, sometimes you wonder if the
hole is going to slide off the edge of the green, not to mention your ball. It certainly gives rise to the phrase, 'sucker pin' and calls for sound course management, knowing when to go for it and when to play safe to the middle of the green."
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