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2016 Fall Golf: Players and teams to watch

Warriors, Saints among top teams

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tyler Breitbach, C.R. Xavier, sr. — Tied for 24th at 2015 state meet, second-team all-MVC Mississippi, honorable mention all-Metro. Placed ninth at Pribyl, owned 39.50 nine-hole average.

Nile Happel, C.R. Jefferson, sr. — Honorable mention all-MVC Valley, averaged 38.75 per nine and 82.86 for 18 holes, placed fifth at Pribyl.

Jack Recker, Linn-Mar, sr. —2015 state participant, second-team all-MVC Valley, averaged 40.75 over nine holes, finished sixth at Pribyl.

Kyle Jenkins, Iowa City West, sr. — Honorable mention all-MVC Valley, top returner for Trojans with 40.40 nine-hole and 83.38 18-hole average.

Ian Johnston, C.R. Prairie, soph. — Averaged 38.60 per nine and 80.43 for 18 holes, won five summer tournament titles, including FCWT John Deere Open and tied for first at FCWT in Florida, earned fourth place at Pribyl

Frank Lindwall, C.R. Washington, sr. — Two-time MVC Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year, first-team all-MVC and all-Metro, tied for 10th at 2013 state meet, 2015 and 2016 Pribyl champ, Iowa State commit.

Sam Martin, C.R. Xavier, sr. — 2015 state meet participant, first-team all-MVC Mississippi, second-team all-Metro selection, averaged 79.50 per 18 holes.

Alex Slattery, C.R. Washington, jr. — Tied for 16th at 2015 state meet, first-team all-MVC Mississippi Division, averaged 35.75 strokes per nine and 79.22 over 18 holes.

TEAMS TO WATCH

Cedar Rapids Prairie — The potential and excitement are both high for the Hawks this season. Prairie returns all-MVC honorable mention performers Matt Lorenz and Griff Clark, and letterwinner Sam Lockhart. Ian Johnston, a sophomore, has made a successful off-season, winning or tying for first in six tournaments. The Hawks have some holes to fill from graduation, including a pair of multiyear starters. Prairie has the talent to push the top teams in the MVC Valley.

Cedar Rapids Washington — The Warriors were dominant last season, capturing a district crown and placing sixth at the Class 4A state meet. Washington has won two consecutive MVC division crowns. The Warriors led 4A with a 145.40 nine-hole average and shot 306.10 for 18 as a team. Two-time MVC Player of the Year and Iowa State commit Frank Lindwall, Alex Slattery and district medalist Connor Neighbors provide a strong nucleus for another run at a state berth and divisional crown.

Cedar Rapids Xavier — The Saints have qualified for the 4A state meet in three of the last four seasons. They have the depth and quality to return after a 10th-place showing last year. Xavier has four golfers back from last year’s top seven, including seniors Tyler Breitbach and team captain Sam Martin. Brad Karpick has made big strides, starting the season as the Saints’ No. 1 golfer. Karpick placed second at this year’s Rotary Pribyl. Xavier has a shot to improve last year’s finish.

Linn-Mar — The Lions made a lot of progress throughout last season, turning that into a third-place district finish and second straight state tournament appearance. Linn-Mar is looking for a second straight divisional title, finishing second the four previous years. Jake Recker and Andrew Wood played at state last season, helping the Lions get fifth. Ben Greif played for Linn-Mar’s 2014 state team. The Lions should be as strong as the past few seasons.

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