DHS golf team places 11th at state tourney
A few months ago head coach Chad Brecheisen outlined some goals he wanted to see his De Soto golf team achieve in the 2009 campaign.
Chief among them was to qualify for the state tournament at El Dorado.
Two months later, his Wildcats achieved exactly that, in addition to taking first-place in a tough regional tournament.
"I'm so totally proud of these guys," Brecheisen said. "I'm so proud. Basically we had a shot to accomplish every goal we set forth at the beginning of the season."
While the team placed eleventh in the state, Brecheisen said he was quite pleased with the mentality his squad maintained throughout the challenging championships.
"Just like last week, we rebounded from getting off to a tough start," Brecheisen said. "To put four guys in the 80's is really impressive."
Alex Crall led the way for the Wildcats after posting an 87. Charlie Modereger, Brett Williams and Mason Wedel tallied 88 to finish off the top four. Brandan Philbrook shot 91 and Kevin Brashears shot a 106.
Brecheisen said he was particularly pleased with Modereger, his lone senior, after battling through a bad front nine.
"Charlie scored 49 on the front nine," he said. "Then he came out on the back and shot a 39. He really showed the group he was playing with what he was capable of."
Modereger's 39 on the back was just one shot behind the golfer who came in fifth-place at the entire tournament.
"That really shows he could play with the best of them," his coach added.
The fact that Brecheisen's scorers all broke 90 and were still unable to make more noise at state illustrates the difficulty of the competition. Brecheisen said roughly 20 percent of the field shot in the 70s.
"The state champions shot 319 as a team," he said. "You have to hit a lot of greens and make a lot of putts. Every stroke is extremely important at a tournament like this."
Brecheisen said the tournament provided the players with a standard for which to set their future goals.
"It was a great experience for this team just to make it to state," he said. "It gave them a good perspective of how good one has to be in order to compete at the state level."