Panthers return, add talent for 2013 season
With four of their top golfers back from last year and talent coming in from last year’s undefeated JV team, the Mt. Pleasant boys’ golf team is looking at a promising season.
Last year, the team placed fourth at the Southeast Conference Tournament and fourth at sectionals as well, missing a trip to the district tournament by one spot.
“We are looking to improve on (last season),” Coach Jamy Ball said.
The team graduated its top golfer from last year, Patrick Zielinski, who now golfs for Iowa Wesleyan College. Zielinski led the team with an average score of 40.0 on the season.
The Panthers will also be golfing without Ross Heitmeier this season, whom they lost to graduation. Heitmeier was another top golfer with a 42.4 average.
However, the Panthers will be returning four of their other top golfers, as well as some players from a very successful JV team.
Senior Quinn Daniel was fourth on the team last season with an average score of 42.5, just barely trailing Heitmeier, and he returns to the Panthers this season.
The team also welcomes back a pair of juniors from last season, Kiley Miller and Kyle Kauffman.
Miller was the team’s second-leading scorer with an average of 42.0, and is expected to be a team leader again this year.
Miller was also the Mt. Pleasant Golf Course match play champion, and Kauffman advanced to the quarter finals in that off-season touranment.
“Many of the golfers put in valuable time on the golf course in the off season,” Ball said.
Last year for the Panthers, Kauffman averaged a score of 44.6, putting him fifth overall on the team.
Sophomore Jordan Phomsouvandara also returns for Mt. Pleasant.
Phomsouvandara averaged 45.0 last season, making it into the regular varsity lineup in time for postseason play.
He is joined on this year’s team by fellow sophomores William Kinney (45.4 average) and Austin Decker (44.8 average), both of whom spent some time in the varsity lineup last year.
The golfers are scheduled to start their season on Thursday, April 4, at Washington.