A look at area teams and golfers to watch this fall.
Connor Neighbors, C.R. Washington, jr. — First-team all-state and all-Metro pick, MVC Valley Division co-Athlete of the Year, CRANDIC medalist, Tied for 10th at 2016 Class 4A state meet, Averaged 73.70 per 18 holes, 2017 Rotary Pribyl runner-up.
Alex Slattery, C.R. Washington, sr. — First-team all-state and all-Metro selection, MVC Valley Division co-Athlete of the Year, Tied for 21st at 2017 4A state meet, Averaged 36.60 per nine holes, 2017 Rotary Pribyl champion.
Brad Karpick, C.R. Xavier, sr. — MVC Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year, second-team all-Metro, Averaged 38.50 per nine holes, Third at 2017 Rotary Pribyl.
Ryan Keating, C.R. Xavier, sr. — Second-team all-MVC Mississippi Division, honorable mention all-Metro, Averaged 79.33 per 18 holes.
Ian Johnston, C.R. Prairie, jr. — Second-team all-state, Second-team all-MVC Valley Division, First-team all-Metro, Posted team-best 34.8 (nine) and 76.5 (18) averages, Placed fifth at 2017 Rotary Pribyl.
Brock Barnhart, C.R. Kennedy, soph. — 2016 Class 4A state runner-up, Second-team all-state, Second-team all-MVC Valley Division, First-team all-Metro selection, Averaged 75.40 per 18 holes.
Cole Yearling, Linn-Mar, sr. — Second-team all-MVC Mississippi Division and all-Metro, Tied for 14th at 2016 Class 4A state meet, Placed sixth at 2017 Rotary Pribyl, Averaged 78.22 per 18 holes.
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Ben Greif, Linn-Mar, sr. — First-team all-MVC Mississippi Division, Second-team all-Metro, Tied for 17th at 2016 Class 4A state meet, Averaged 77.44 per 18 holes.
Kyle Spence, Iowa City West, jr. — First-team all-MVC Mississippi Division, Averaged 81 per 18 holes and 38.6 per nine.
CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON — The Warriors return a solid group of players from last year’s district title team that finished fifth at state. They will look to retain their MVC Valley Division title. There is a big hole to fill with the graduation of Frank Lindwall, but Connor Neighbors and Alex Slattery shared MVC Valley Athlete of the Year honors. Ben Skogman was honorable mention all-Metro last season and Whit Haefner gives them four starters back. Washington will need consistency from a third and fourth scorer and get contribution from its young players.
CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER — The Saints have four starters back and will rely on their depth. Mississippi Division Player of the Year Brad Karpick leads the way. All-conference performers Ryan Keating, Matt Neumeyer and Nick Recker give the Saints an experienced quartet of scorers. The key could be who steps in to the other two starting spots. The Saints should be one of the top teams in the MVC, vying for a Mississippi Division crown.
LINN-MAR — Linn-Mar Coach Chris James takes over the boys’ program for the first season. He did a great job in the spring and inherits a talented and experienced group, including a senior dominated roster. The Lions have four players back from the state tournament team that placed third a year ago. Drew Brandel and Ben Greif were first-team all-MVC golfers last season. Cole Yearling returns after a second-team finish and Zach Armstrong was honorable mention. The Lions own a good shot to repeat as divisional champions.
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