The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

October 14, 2013

Walker takes second at state championship

MARION — Matthew Walker came one shot away from capturing his second consecutive Class 4A golf state championship Saturday afternoon, losing a playoff to Ankeny Centennial's Griffen Matthias by one stroke at Hunter Ridge's Golf Course.

To force a playoff, Walker birdied hole 17 by sinking a nine-foot putt. Ottumwa's standout golfer carded a 72-even par and finished with a three-over par score of 147 at the two-day state tournament.

"He made a few bogies, he even had a double bogie," Ottumwa golf coach Scott Maas said, " [but] he kept bouncing back and finding a way to make a birdie. No doubt a big part of golf is not letting bad things get to you, bring you down. Matthew is obviously very good at that. He's very level headed."

Although he couldn't quite pull out the come-from-behind victory Saturday after going into the round four strokes behind then-leader Aaron Wirt of Des Moines Roosevelt, Walker turned in a gutsy performance defined by tremendous resiliency and aplomb.

"I just told him the same thing his dad just told him," Maas said, "We're proud of him. He played good, he battled all day long. "

Walker's teammates' Hoyt Grooms and Dillon Patritto even made the trek from Ottumwa to support their teammate.

"He's our good friend and teammate," Grooms said when asked why he and Patritto had made the trip to see Walker.

For their star teammate, Saturday's round was brimming with both trials and tribulations. Every time Walker was faced with adversity, he would respond with a big putt or a brilliant approach shot that landed just a few feet from the pin.

"You have to let it go," Walker said about the agonizing parts of his round. "I've learned over my years that you can't let it bother you and you just have to play the next shot to the best of your capability."

Text Only
Sports
  • 0730 OTT Sports Ottumwa Babe Ruth 14 All Stars Ottumwa Babe Ruth team dominates at state OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa 14 Babe Ruth All-Stars team bore a striking resemblance to absolute domination at the state tournament in Ottumwa this season."The longest game we had was six innings," Conner Sheehan said. "We still 10-run ruled that team it ju

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT Sports Fairfield baseball Hietpas photo Fairfield falls in nine to DCG in state quarterfinals DES MOINES – Becoming the first Fairfield pitcher to start a state tournament game in 35 years didn’t seem to faze Trojan senior pitcher Joseph Hietpas. Neither did the zeroes on the scoreboard that were being posted by his counterpart. Hietpas and D

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0730 OTT Sports Shrine Bowl photo Bulldogs have fun at Shrine Bowl CEDAR FALLS — Ottumwa football coach Zach Pfantz had a blast serving as one of the coaches of the South team at the 42nd Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl at the UNI Dome Saturday. "It was a really awesome and wonderful experience and I was very thankful to ha

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 OTT Sports Brok Hopwood mug Three Bulldogs chosen for all-district team OTTUMWA — Three Ottumwa Bulldogs and a slew of Twin Cedars players were selected for their respective Iowa High School All-District teams. The players named to all-district squads were chosen by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. Th

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0730 OTT Sports Albia baseball photo Baseball run wraps up a great year for Albia INDIANOLA — Brett Leshen walked into the dugout at Indianola High School’s baseball diamond, took off his Albia baseball jersey and headed up the hill to receive hugs from his family and friends, thus marking the end of a remarkable senior year, and

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0730 OTT Sports EBF softball trophy celebration photo EBF softball team brings trophy back from Fort Dodge EDDYVILLE — It may not have been the hardware the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont softball team intended to come home with. But it was hardware. A trophy. An accomplishment no Rocket softball team had ever accomplished. That’s a feat that’s worth celebr

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament CLASS 1A Friday, July 25 Quarterfinals No. 2 Newman Catholic 7, No. 7 BGM 1 No. 6 Don Bosco 2, No. 8 Martensdale-St. Marys 1 Saturday, July 26 Quarterfinals No. 1 Twin Cedars 7, Underwood 0 No. 5 Gehlen Catholic 3, Lone Tree 0 Thursday, July 31 Semif

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729 OTT Sports Ottumwa Babe Ruth State Champs Ottumwa All-Star team advances to Midwest Regional OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa 15-year-old baseball all-star team captured the state championship thanks to an unbelievable pitching staff and near flawless defense. "Pitchers are really the strength of this team," Ottumwa coach Mike Budan said. "We have som

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 OTT Sports Rylee Eakins photo New recruits bolster hopes for IHCC volleyball OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College volleyball coach Lyndsey Lyon feels confident she has an incoming recruiting class that will shore up some of the deficiencies of last year’s squad. Lyon has announced the addition of eight former Iowa high s

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0729 OTT Sports Scott Watson mug Sprint Speedweek starts Thursday on Knoxville

    Hello race fans and welcome to The Pit Stop. Thursday night kicks off the 13th Annual Cox Design Iowa Speedweek for Sprint Cars, where there are nine nights of Sprint Car racing over 10 days scheduled between The Knoxville Raceway and The Southern Io

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook