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    After a late start due to the long winter, coach Jerry Witt said the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta golfers were fortunate to have good weather for meets.

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    “It’s ironic that the weather worked out perfectly for us,” he said.

    The season started  a couple weeks later than usual, but after their first meet on May 2, the Tigers didn’t have any postponements due to weather. They were not able to make up one early-season invite because of a scheduling conflict, otherwise they played the entire conference schedule. They accomplished this by playing double headers, which meant 18 holes of golf in a day.

    Overall, the Tigers finished fifth in the 10-team West Central Conference.

    “We didn’t have a lot of time to practice, but we got a lot of meets in.”

    Despite the shortened season, three Tigers earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top 16 as individuals.

    Jacob Zosel finished sixth, golfing in the No. 3 spot for the Tigers.

    “He really played well,” said Witt.

    Seniors Jordan Kolden and Andrew Rentz finished seventh and 15th, respectively.

    “They’ve been competing in varsity golf since seventh grade,” explained Witt. “Both of those guys were really steady for us.”

    Kolden golfed in the No. 1 spot for the Tigers.

    “His short game was his saving grace,” said Witt. “Although he wasn’t really satisfied with his play, he stayed positive.

    “If the season had been longer, he could have ironed those things out.”

    With said that Rentz golfed best when they had weather that was rainy and on the cooler side.

    “He was always consistent,” he said.

    The Tigers’ fourth score usually came from one of three seniors, Cody Beyer, Mickey Cotter, and James Burke.

    Underclassmen Andrew Ulrich and Brian Peterson also contributed to the team score. Along with several other junior varsity golfers, the Tigers should be in good shape next year.

    “That’s the thing about golf, you’ve just got to play a lot.”

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