Regional title highlights boys ’09 golf season
Chad Brecheisen knew he had a special golf team before it won the regional championships and earned a bid to state.
But it was then that he truly realized the potential for his young group of golfers.
In the face of harsh winds and challenging pin placements all day, the Wildcats kept their goals in the forefront and used them as motivation to best the rest of their region and represent the Frontier League at the state golf tournament.
“I would have to say regionals was the tournament I was most pleased with, just for the fact that we had guys come through the front nine in bad shape,” Brecheisen said. “Then, instead of kind of giving up, like what’s happened in years passed, they learned from it and buckled down and played really well.”
The following weekend the Wildcats faltered slightly at state, placing 11th, but Brecheisen said simply making it to the big dance was an accomplishment in itself. Charlie Modereger was the team’s lone senior, whom Brecheisen said the squad admired. Modereger overcame a good deal of adversity this year, particularly in the regional and state tournaments. He shot a 49 on the front nine at state but remained focused at the task at hand. After the turn, Modereger turned in a score 10 shots lower and the rest of the team followed suit.
“When it gets to that point they know they’re just playing golf instead of worrying about scores and things, they’re really good,” Brecheisen said.
Coming out of the clubhouse hot is one thing Brecheisen stressed when describing his goals for next season. After watching some of the top contenders at the state tournament, the coach believes his team needs to work on attacking the pin from 100 yards and in if it wants to compete for a state title. Getting there again is certainly a strong possibility, however, as Brecheisen will return five of his six players. Freshman Mason Wedel and junior Alex Crall both set goals to play in the 70s next season.
“I think Mason’s potential is as high as he wants to take it,” he said. “He and Alex want to be in the 70s consistently. If my top three, or who look to be my top three now, all break 80, my fourth scorer would be fine with an 85.”
For now, Brecheisen will allow his guys to celebrate their accomplishments in 2009 before turning their focus to next season.
“The biggest thing I’ve stressed to them is that yes, we qualified and came in No. 11, but there were a lot of really good teams who didn’t even get that opportunity,” he said. “We need to appreciate that eleventh is really good.”