STORM LAKE - The St. Edmond boys golf squad is returning to state, as the Gaels placed second in a Class 2A district meet here on Friday.
Joining the Gaels next Friday and Saturday at state will be East Sac County, South Hamilton, Denver, Durant, Carroll Kuemper, Mount Vernon, Panorama and Monroe-PCM. The 2A state meet is in Livermore at Spring Valley Golf Course.
East Sac County claimed the district title by one stroke with a 331, as Justin Kraft carded a 74. Eddie Doyle led St. Edmond with an 81.
The St. Edmond boys golf team poses with its Class 2A state qualifier banner on Friday in Storm Lake after placing second in a district tournament.
Michael Faiferlick added an 82 for the Gaels, Robert Flattery an 83 and both Cal Coleman and Harrison Mayer had 86s.
Emmetsburg's Mike Pugh and Mike Myers each finished with 77s at districts to advance as individuals.
Despite shooting their team season high in an 18-hole format, the Gaels' score was enough to earn the runner-up spot, and with it, a return to state after placing sixth last spring. Waterloo Columbus, the defending champions, did not advance.
Doyle, a senior, placed fourth individually for St. Edmond with a 157 last year at Spring Valley and is the highest-finishing player back in the field.
The E-Hawks' Myers was tied for fifth.
"Maybe the guys weren't used to short sleeves and shorts," laughed SEHS head coach Dan Streit. "Maybe the weather was too good, compared to what we've been playing in all spring.
"Still, it feels good to be headed back to state. Hopefully, we got our worst round out of the way and we were still able to advance."
Fellow North Central Conference schools Humboldt, Webster City, Bishop Garrigan and Clear Lake all qualified for state golf, as well.
"I know what we are capable of shooting because we've been shooting very low rounds all year," Streit said. "I'm very confident we will come out next week and have a great performance from all our guys."
For the Raiders, Dylan Sheffler carded an 83 as a ninth-grader, while Zach Mason and Alex Green added 87s. Reed Tellinghuisen, an all-state basketball player, had an 88 and Donnie Hoffard a 108.
"We knew East Sac County would be a tough team, as we've been matched up with them twice already this season," Streit said. "And Kraft's score, for this course, is just a great one. He had a really good round."
South Hamilton had the low round of the qualifiers, carding a team total of 290. Trevor Ullestad shot a 68 and Braxton Risetter a 69 for the Hawks.