More records were broken by the Heartland Boys’ Golf team at the Class C State Tournament on May 23-24th at the Elks Country Club in Columbus. Despite some pretty tough competition, the Huskies were able to place 8th as a team.
“I am really proud of the boys and their accomplishments this season. They worked extremely hard, and their efforts were rewarded at State. By being the second to last size school in terms of enrollment in Class C and coming away with an 8th place team finish and two individual medals at State is an accomplishment the boys should be extremely proud of,” said Coach Buzek.
Medaling for the Huskies were senior Jake Regier and sophomore Creighton Friesen. They tied for 14th place with scores of 162 over the two-day competition. Regier scored 83-79, and Friesen posted a 79-83.
“Creighton Friesen shot an opening round 79 that broke the Heartland School record for 18 holes at the State Meet. The previous record was 80 set by Jesse Nissen in 2009. Creighton’s score left him in the top 10 going into the final round. Jacob Regier came in with a solid 83 after the first day, which put him in a prime position to make a run at a medal finish on Wednesday,” said Coach Buzek.
The next day Regier tied the 18-hole record that Friesen posted on Tuesday with a score of 79, according to Coach Buzek. With their two-day total score of 162 each for 36 holes, they both tied Jesse Nissen’s record from 2009.
“Andrew Franz had a great State meet for his first time playing at State. Andrew scored a 90 on Tuesday and an 86 on Wednesday for a two-day total of 176 which left him in a tie for 38th place,” said Coach Buzek. Ryan Hiebner and Zach Miller tied for 85th place, each scoring 207 at State.
Coach Buzek’s 2023 Wrap-up:
As a first-year coach, I am very humbled by our golf team’s season this year. We tied or broke eight school records and never placed worse than 3rd in a meet all year. These boys deserve all the credit for this golf season, from hitting into the nets in the gym during March when it was too cold to golf outside to spending countless hours outside of practice working on their games.
Jacob Regier showed great senior leadership all season long with his strong work ethic and leading by example. Creighton Friesen was the only golfer to medal in every meet this season. He was our most consistent golfer this season, and I’m excited to see what his future holds for him over his last two years at Heartland.
Andrew Franz showed great growth this season and was very solid for us during the last half of the season. I look forward to watching Andrew continue to better himself as a golfer during his senior year. Ryan Hiebner and Zachary Miller gained valuable experience this season that will definitely help them as they work toward next season.
These boys put in the work that was needed to have a very successful golf season and set the standard for years to come here at Heartland. The future looks bright for Heartland Huskie Boys Golf!
The individual winner for Class C was Jackson Dunham from Kearney Catholic, scoring a low 149 for the two-day tournament.
- Kearney Catholic – +53
- Grand Island Central Catholic – +76
- Yutan – +106
- Amherst – +111
- Lincoln Christian – +116
- Tekamah-Herman – +124
- Pierce – +125
- Heartland – +128
- Lincoln Lutheran – +132
- Ponca – +144
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