Eaton varsity golf takes 11th at state

Varsity golf falls short at state.


Bryce Leafgren (20) lines up for a putt at Eisenhower Blue at Air Force Academy

Kaden Betters

After all four varsity golfers qualified for state this season, the Eaton Reds varsity took 11th place as a team at state golf on the Eisenhower Blue course Oct. 7-8.  Seniors Byce Leafgren and Walker Scott, joined junior Dillyn Schmidke and freshman Cole Lockey racked up a total team score of 86 at the Air Force Academy course in Colorado Springs on a cold fall day, but that could not compete with state champion Lutheran High School’s 34 or second-place Holy Family’s 39. 

Schmidke said that the course was not easy due largely to the weather, and it took a toll on their scores. The chilly weather at the course, most likely affected the players’ game, and the travel of the ball.

 Scott shot an 80 on the first day, and 83 on the second, landing him in 28th place in a field of 84 boys. Leafgren shot an 89 on the first day and an 86 on the second landing him in the top half of the state finalists. As the two leaders of the team, they set good examples for the rest of the team.

The two other varsity golfers, Schmidke and Lockey, did great for their first state tournament, shooting in the high 80’s and low 90’s both days and keeping up with Scott and Leafgren. Schmidke said “I think as a team we did pretty solid, but the course was pretty challenging and had an impact on a lot of the golfers.”