Maharishi School Pioneer Boys Golf

Pioneer Linksters Qualify for District

The Maharishi School boys’ golf team qualified for the second round of the State tournament with a runner-up finish at the nine team Sectionals in New London on Friday, May 13. It will be a team record fifth straight trip to Districts for the junior laden team.

The Pioneers started out strong, building an eight stroke front nine lead over Marquette. But their main Super Conference rival this season showed why they are responsible for three of the Pioneers seven losses with a closing rally to edge the back nine fading Pioneers by one stroke, 330 to 331. Host New London almost caught the Pioneers as well but saw their season end one stroke short at 332.

The Pioneers were lead by Danny Steinberg's 38-41 79 which tied him for third. He won his three hole playoff with a score of even par and advances to District as one of the four individual qualifiers as well as with the team. Nick Juskewycz was the only Pioneer to improve on the back nine with a 42-40 80. The other two counting Pioneer scores were from Sam Goldstein with a 39-44 83 and Mitra Muehlman with a 42-45 87.

As a tune up for District, the Pioneers played in the prestigious Pella Christian Invite on Monday at Bos Landen GC. They finished third for the second year in a row in the twenty team field of mostly 2A and 3A teams. Their 328 on the tough course placed well back of 3A powers, Pella's 306 and Knoxville's 312, but well ahead of fourth place finisher Pella Christian's 342. Nick Juskewycz posted an 80 for eleventh place followed by Max Steinberg's 81, Will Courtade's 82, and an 85 from Mitra Muehlman.

Now the defending State Runner-ups will take their 48-7 record to District on Friday at Lagos Acres GC in Keota. Their nine team district is possibly the toughest of any of the four districts in the state. To advance to the State finals in Des Moines, the Pioneers will have to finish first or second in a field that includes 2004 State finals teams Preston and Lynnville-Sully, as well as very strong teams from HLV and Marquette.

Twin stars Max and Danny Steinberg speaking (in unison) for the team, "After graduating the top four players from the 2004 team, we stepped up as a team and re-committed to creating our own legacy of joy and development that comes in the quest for competitive excellence."

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