Area golf teams eager to hit the real links

The Little Falls golf teams might be playing their final rounds due to anticipated budget cuts for the 2004-05 school year, but don’t tell that to Boys Head Coach John Filippi as he returns five letter winners for the 2004 season.

“Obviously it disappoints me when students don’t have positive activities to participate in they will find something else,” he said. “At the same time, I understand why the school board made this tough decision. Our district does not have the funds for everything. When we have to close swimming pools, libraries, and teaching positions something has to give.

“This year it is golf, tennis and nordic skiing. If the referendum does not pass, I fret these activities will be the tip of the iceberg.”

But this spring’s teams have plenty to be happy about as the boys team is 25 members strong with more than half being freshman and sophomores. “If they are willing to put the time in, some of them could really make a difference,” Filippi explained.

Jeremy Neuhring is the lone senior and only All-Central Lakes Conference golfer to return for the Flyers. “We will need him (Nuehring) to have an outstanding year and two or three other returning letter winners to improve each of their scoring averages by a couple of shots,” said Filippi. He expects the team to be one of the top three in the conference if this happens.

The race for the CLC title is looking like state tournament teams Willmar and Alexandria will be the front runners as they return most of their squads.

Little Falls will open its season with a CLC match at Willmar, April 12.

Pioneers primed for CMC
After finishing one point out of first place in the Central Minnesota Conference last season, Leo Pohlkamp’s squad is looking ready to win its first conference title in quite some time in 2004.

The team will be without the services of All-Conference golfers Doug Virnig and Dan Fischer, who both graduated in 2003. But the return of Senior All-Conference golfers Alex Dinnebier and Nathan Meyer “is a reason why we should be competitive this year,” Pohlkamp said.

Front runners for the team conference title include Rockford, Pierz and Brooten-Belgrade-Elrosa.

The Pierz girls golfers enter the 2004 spring season as the defending team conference champions. But with this said, Head Coach Steve Holbrook doesn’t see the road to a repeat that much easier. “The CMC will be tough this year,” he said. “I have a young team, but also have some very good golfers and I hope our returners will excel in their games this year.” Holbrook expects returning Senior Christy Virnig and sophomores Kim Stangl and Casey Otremba will provide experience as Stangl and Otremba earned All-Conference honors last season.

The growing program has continued success due to Holbrook’s encouragement to improve and play against themselves and for themselves. “While keeping this in mind, their scores will keep improving which will lead to a successful 2004 season,” Holbrook concluded.

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