Xavier golf team set high bar for future

HS journalism: The eighth-place finish at state was best in school history

Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Brad Karpick, teeing off during the CRANDIC golf meet at St. Andrews Golf Club, finished 10th in the state meet. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Brad Karpick, teeing off during the CRANDIC golf meet at St. Andrews Golf Club, finished 10th in the state meet. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — After a cold and rainy weekend earlier this month, the Xavier boys’ golf team was finally able to relax.

The Saints finished eighth in the Class 4A state meet, less than a week after earning its first district title.

The Saints shot a 312 to hold off Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids Washington, Dubuque Wahlert and Pleasant Valley at the district meet. Senior Matthew Neumeyer came back from an injury to shoot a team low 70 in his first meet of the season.

“It felt good to come back from an injury and play well,” Neumeyer said. “We all really wanted to qualify for state, so it felt great to play well and help us do that.”

On the first day of the state meet on Oct. 6, the Saints were in eighth place with a score of 308. Senior Brad Karpick and junior Nick Recker shot team lows of 75 and 76, respectively.

“I am very proud because we performed as well as we could have in those conditions,” Recker said.

On the second day, the Saints had the fifth-best team score. Karpick and Recker lead the team again with scores of 71 and 76. After combining the scores from Friday and Saturday, the Saints finished in eighth place.

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“The team finished the highest in school history, and I really enjoyed spending time with the team and the other guys,” Karpick said.

Karpick also was the highest placed individual from Xavier. He finished in 10th, with Recker placing 18th.

“I enjoyed playing against the best players in the state and seeing all the support from the many people who came out to watch,” Karpick said.

While the Saints were proud of their successful season, they were sad to see it come to a close. Senior Ryan Keating reflected on his final season.

“I will miss the bond this team had,” Keating said. “We really spent a lot of time together and had a ton of fun.”

The 2017 Xavier golf team made its mark on the program, and set a new standard for the years to come.

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