TV’s Schmitt just misses state berth

By Becky Walz,

Turkey Valley junior Braylen Byrne competed Monday with the Trojans at the Class 1A district meet in Mason City and finished the day with rounds of 60 and 53 for a 113 total. (Driftless Multimedia photo by Becky Walz)

The Turkey Valley boys’ golf team wrapped up their 2023 season on a positive note with a solid seventh place finish at the Class 1A District Golf Meet held Monday, May 15, at Highland Park Golf Club in Mason City. While the front nine was still soggy from the weekend rains, the course was overall in pretty good shape.
Trojan junior Oliver Schmitt led the way with an impressive showing (41-41=82), finishing in a tie for 10th place in a field of 74 golfers, just four strokes away from a coveted state tourney berth.
Classmate Caleb Kurtenbach (45-43=88:) tied for 20th overall, and seniors Calvin Bodensteiner (48-46=94), Carson Busta (54-40=104) and Garrett Dietzenbach (55-55=110) all wrapped up their TV golf careers with solid rounds as well. Junior Braylen Byrne (60-53=113) rounded out the TV scorecard.
“Our three seniors all split time with the track program for the last three years so it was fun seeing their progression on the links,” said Coach John Reicks. “We dropped our nine-hole average by nearly 30 strokes from a year ago. While we will miss our seniors, we return a solid one-two punch at the top of the scorecard in Oliver and Caleb next season. This season was a lot of fun, both for the TV golfers and their coach. With some help from our underclassmen, promising newcomers, and some quality off-season work the stage is set for even more improvement next season.”

Class 1A district team scores
1. West Fork 329; 2. AGWSR 330; 3. East Buchanan 333; 4. BCLUW 344; 5. Clayton Ridge 354; 6. Starmont 363; 7. Turkey Valley 368; 8. Tripoli 370; 9. Rockford 371; 10.  Bishop Garrigan 383; 11.  Northwood Kensett 396

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