LIVERMORE - The dream of a state championship evaporated rather quickly. But it didn't take the South Hamilton boys' golf team long to set another goal, and this time the Hawks reached it.
A disappointing Round 1 on Friday at the Class 2A state golf tournament left South Hamilton stuck in seventh-place, 29 strokes in back of the leader, and yet the Hawks never threw in the towel. Instead, they came out for Round 2 on Saturday and recorded the day's second-best team total to vault all the way up to fourth on the final leaderboard with a 36-hole total of 654 (331-323) at Spring Valley Golf Course.
South Hamilton was the only team to lower its score in Round 2.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Trevor Ullestad watches his birdie putt stay on the lip of the cup on the 18th hole at Spring Valley Golf Course in Livermore on Friday. His 36-hole total of 160 led South Hamilton at the Class 2A state meet.
"The kids sucked it up. The elements were harder on Saturday; it was windy, the tees were back and the pins were in tougher spots, but they played well," South Hamilton head coach Mark Ullestad, who led the Hawks to a third-place finish in 2011, said. "The kids got medals for fourth and that was what they were out there to do (on Saturday)."
Waterloo Columbus (304-313-617), last year's state runner-up, took the lead on Day 2 and claimed the team title by 13 shots over Carroll Kuemper (302-328-630). The Knights were searching for their fourth consecutive state crown, but were unable to maintain the two-stroke lead they built during the opening round.
PCM Monroe (313-327-640) placed third.
Class 2A?State Meet Summary
Spring Valley Golf Course
1. Waterloo Columbus 304-313-617; 2. Carroll Kuemper 302-328-630; 3. PCM Monroe 313-327-640; 4. South Hamilton 331-323-654; 5. East Sac County 323-337-660; 6. Jesup 327-336-663; 7. North Cedar 330-347-677; 8. Columbus Community 342-359-701.
Individual Top 10
1. *Shane Desai, South O'Brien, 73-77-150; 2. Mitch Maiers, Waterloo Columbus, 77-73-150; 3. Tanner Ludwig, Carroll Kuemper, 73-80-153; 4. Zach Ward, Waterloo Columbus, 76-78-154; 4. Brian Schreck, Carroll Kuemper, 77-77-154; 6. Jack Conway, Waterloo Columbus, 75-81-156; 6. Luke Knutson, Jesup, 80-76-156; 6. Logan Van Veen, PCM, 75-81-156; 9. Kramer Samuelson, Clarinda, 77-80-157; 9. Andrew Huff, Waterloo Columbus, 76-81-157; 9. Mate Gute, Carroll Kuemper, 74-83-157.
South Hamilton Scores
T-15. Trevor Ullestad 82-78-160; 19. Austin Heeren 81-82-163; T-21. Braxton Risetter 84-81-165; T-23. Jacob Haugland 84-82-166; T-40. Jordan Sogard 87-87-174; 52. Max McGonigle 102-92-194.
Two weather delays on Friday took a toll on South Hamilton, and it didn't help that the putts never seemed to find the bottom of the cup. Ullestad said that didn't change on Saturday.
"Even on Saturday, we just didn't make a lot of putts," he said. "We had ample opportunities and we just couldn't get anything to drop. But it would have taken a pretty good effort to beat the two Catholic schools because they were pretty solid."
Sophomore Trevor Ullestad tied for 15th with a two-day total of 160. He turned in a somewhat disappointing 82 on Friday and then rebounded for a 78 over the final 18 holes - South Hamilton's only sub-80 round of the weekend.
Trevor Ullestad will surely have nightmares about the 162-yard, par-3 17th hole. He dunked his tee shot into the water in front of the green both days and played the hole at 4-over par.
"Trevor was happy with his second day, but I know he was pretty miffed that he didn't make any putts," his dad and coach, Mark, said.
Senior Austin Heeren shot 81 on Day 1 and followed it up with an 82 for a 163 - good enough to take sole ownership of 19th. Sophomore Braxton Risetter (84-81-165) was two strokes behind his teammate in a tie for 21st, and junior Jacob Haugland (84-82-166) was one more shot back in a share for 23rd.
Senior Jordan Sogard (87-87-174) tied for 40th and classmate Max McGonigle (102-92-194) owned 52nd.
South O'Brien senior Shaan Desai (73-77-150) captured the individual title in a playoff over Waterloo Columbus senior Mitch Maiers (77-73-150). Tanner Ludwig of Carroll Kuemper (73-80-153), the Day 1 leader, struggled on Saturday and was forced to settle for third.
Columbus and Kuemper combined to place seven players in the top 10.