The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

August 16, 2013

Ottumwa linksters look to continue success

OTTUMWA —The Ottumwa golf team will be hard-pressed to usurp last year's accomplishments, but with a golfer like Matthew Walker on your squad, anything is possible.

While the Bulldogs lost two great golfers in Joe Wetrich and Jacob Gardner to graduation, the nexus of last season's team remains intact. Walker, along with fellow juniors Dillon Patritto and Braxton Coble and senior Hoyt Grooms will be at the vanguard of Ottumwa's success this season.

"Those guys are pretty solid," Ottumwa golf coach Scott Maas, who replaced long-time coach Mike Cardin last season, said.

The four golfers — along with Wetrich and Gardner — helped the Bulldog linksters collect a medley of accomplishments last season. These achievements included taking third place at the Class 4A Boys State golf tournament, snaring second at the district tournament, notching first at the Ottumwa, Marshalltown, Southeast Polk, and Burlington Invitationals and winning the CIML Metro 7 Championship.

Of course, any coverage of the Bulldogs must reserve a prominent space for Walker. The Ottumwa golf prodigy continues to make headlines with his excellent play on the links. Walker's impressive pedigree includes being named the Boys Class 4A Player of the Year by the Iowa High School Coaches Association last season,winning the state championship by a comfortable margin, getting named the IGA Junior Player of the Year, taking first in the district tournament, notching first in the Metro 7 Conference and in the Bulldogs home invitational last season.

In addition, Walker recently won the Greater Ottumwa City Golf Championship and he nearly won the 38th PGA Junior Section Championship for boys ages 16-18. He wound up taking second in the junior section championship after losing a playoff to George Qian of Bettendorf.

While Ottumwa's golf program has churned out some tremendous golfers over the years, Walker's exploits have earned him a spot among the heralded program's most elite players.

Text Only
Sports
  • Albia Dirt Demons dominate competition ALBIA — To say the Albia Dirt Demons softball team is having a terrific season would be a gross understatement. Their season hovers above tremendous close to perfection. The Dirt Demons unblemished 13-0 record has made them the top-ranked team in the

    April 23, 2014

  • Blue Demons defeat Centerville ALBIA — The 11th-ranked (Class 1A) Albia boys soccer team made sure it wouldn't be the first team to fall to Centerville, as the Blue Demons vanquished the winless Big Reds 3-1 Tuesday. "We started off strong," said Centerville coach Tino Terrones. "

    April 23, 2014

  • 0424 OTT Sports Track & Field photo Drake Relays brimming with area track and field athletes OTTUMWA — The annual Drake Relays are festooned with area track and field athletes this year. The relays, which start today and run through Sunday at Drake University in Des Moines, will include boys and girls from a plethora of area teams including

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0424 OTT Sports soccer photo Ottumwa boys can't sustain momentum in 3-1 loss WAUKEE — Ottumwa boys soccer team played a marvelous first half against Waukee, but the Bulldogs were unable to maintain their high level of play in their 3-1 loss to the Warriors Tuesday. "The guys played brilliantly in the first half and it just di

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0424 OTT Jill Ardueser photo Bulldog girls knock off Ankeny on the road

    ANKENY — The Ottumwa girls picked up an 8-3 dual victory over Ankeny Tuesday. The Bulldog girls went 4-2 in singles action and 4-1 in doubles play. Senior Jennifer Klodt bounced back from a first-set loss to defeat the Hawkettes' Erin Peysack 6-7 (2-7

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0423 OTT Sports IHCC softball mug Region XI Softball Tournament to begin Friday OTTUMWA -- With an eye on the weather forecast for this weekend, the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference has changed the days when the Region 11 postseason softball tournament will be played in Council Bluffs. The four-team tourney now will op

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2014 Region XI Softball Tournament Friday, April 25 Game 1 - Indian Hills vs. Iowa Western, 10 a.m. (98.7 FM KMGO) Game 2 - Southeastern vs. Muscatine, Noon Game 3 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2 p.m. Game 4 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26 Game 5 - Game

    April 23, 2014

  • On Tap Thursday Girls Golf Ottumwa, Albia and Centerville at Oskaloosa Invitational, 2 p.m. Davis County and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont at Chariton Invitational, 4:15 p.m. Sigourney at Iowa Valley, 4 p.m. Van Buren at Central Lee, 4 p.m. HLV at North Mahaska, 4:15

    April 23, 2014

  • 2014 Drake Relays Qualifiers GIRLS Ottumwa 4x100 Relay (Sarah Schulz, Ellie Hammack, Sarah Thordarson, Erin Sheehy). Davis County Kate Birchmier (Discus, Shot Put). Hayleigh Sharp (Long Jump). Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Tasha Alexander (High Jump). 4x100 Relay (Abby Boyer, Sad

    April 23, 2014

  • 0423 OTT Sports IHCC baseball photo Falcons stay hot at Ellsworth IOWA FALLS -- The red-hot Indian Hills baseball team rode a great start at the plate to an even better finish on Tuesday at Ellsworth. The Falcons scored four first-inning runs and never looked back, putting away a scheduled nine-inning game with the

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

NCAA Tournament Scoreboard
Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook