HS Boys Golf: Larsen, Cooksley Win Individual State Titles

By Jamie Vaske-Associate Director of Sports:

West Delaware senior golfer Clayton Larsen has been on the golf course since he was four years old and this past weekend all the practice drives, chips, and putts paid off as he claimed the class 3A individual state championship while leading the Hawks to a runner up team finish at Spring Valley Golf Course in Livermore. Larsen shot a one under par 71 on Friday which was just one stroke off the lead and Larsen says he was very confident in his game going into Saturday:

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In Saturday’s round Larsen fired a three under 69 for a two day total of 140 giving him the state title ahead of Alec Fuhs of Webster City and Decorah’s Sam Sacquitne who both finished with 141. Larsen gives a lot of credit to head coach Tom Fetter and many others who have helped him in his quest to become a state champion:

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West Delaware shot a team total of 625, 11 shots behind Webster City who came in as the defending state champions and took the team crown for the second straight season. Hawk junior Trent Shaw finished tied for 10th place shooting a 155, Bryce Frick was tied for 22nd with a 162, Gavin Soppe shot a 169, Derek Foster finished with a 171, and Adam Kelchen shot a two day total of 176 and coach Fetter was very happy with the way boys performed at the state meet:

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The East Buchanan golf team capped off an impressive season as they left the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown on Saturday with the class 1A state golf championship, and in very convincing fashion as their two day total of 620 was 23 strokes better than Mason City Newman who was second with a 643. Buccaneer junior Chris Cooksley won his second state title in three seasons by shooting an even par 72 on Friday and followed that with a one under 71 for a total of 143 which was 2 shots ahead of runner up Parker Oleson of North Union. Cooksley says he and his teammates felt very confident going into the tournament:

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Five of the six Buccaneer golfers finished in the top 20 as Hunter Schulte was 13th with a 158, Ryan Schmitt was 14th with a 159, Jacob Hesner finished 17th with a 161, Dylan Kress shot a 163 which was good for 19th place, and Gradon Fangman finished with a 186. Head coach Scott Zhiss was very pleased by the total team effort in winning the state title:

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Ed-Co finished the class 1A meet in seventh as they were led by freshman Ethan Streicher who finished in 16th place with a 160. In class 2A Monticello finished in ninth place and were led by senior Cody Menster who finished 23rd shooting a 159, and Cascade sophomore Race Cuckler shot a 151 giving him a ninth place individual finish.

For results from the 2016 State Golf Tournament click HERE!

Full Interview With Clayton Larsen:

Clayton Larsen

Full Interview With Tom Fetter:

Tom Fetter

Full Interview With Chris Cooksley:

Chris Cooksley

Full Interview With Scott Zhiss

Scott Zhiss