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Columbia golfers look to build on last year’s success

By on August 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

After winning the program’s first Class 2A regional championship last season, Columbia High School boys golf coach Tom Detmer hopes his team can continue the success.

The Eagles will miss Nick Osland, Joey Bert and Will Pirtle, but have a talented group poised for a promising season.

The Eagles are returning two solid players from a year ago in junior Michael Barker and senior Nate Leingang.

Last fall, Detmer called Osland, Bert and Pirtle his “three-headed senior monster.”

That trio provided the Eagles with a monstrous amount of firepower Tuesday as Columbia won the school’s first Class 2A Regional championship.

This year, Columbia could teeter from being a very good team to just an above average bunch, according to the coach.

“It all depends on what second tier of guys do,” he said.

This so-called “second tier” of players is capable of putting up good scores at any match, but they haven’t shown the consistency of Leingang and Barker as of yet.

“Whether or not that develops on the golf course is another story,” Detmer said.

He cited Liam Koesterer as an example. Koesterer has improved dramatically since his sophomore season.

Nick Hamilton has also put in a lot of time and has become a very productive player, the coach said.

“He has shot low rounds this summer, and he even won a tournament where he shot 75 and 76,” Detmer added.

Sophomore Brett Luther is another player to keep an eye on. He shoots consistently in the 70s, Detmer said.

Josh Fleming and Jake Hillen are two promising and capable players.

“And junior Brendan Schaper has come a long and could steal our last starting spot on any given day, Detmer added.

Detmer is by owm omission, very “reserved.”

He said his bunch was able to put up good numbers  during some practices and at tournaments.

In fact, some of  his player’s scores this summer were comparable to what his team put up last fall.

“And last year’s group was arguably the best I ever had,” Detmer said. “They were very good.

“This year’s team is getting better. But the main thing in golf is learning how to score.”

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.