Ethan Streicher owns state title aspirations.
If his start is any indication, the Edgewood-Colesburg senior is a serious contender.
After a seventh-place finish at last year’s Class 1A state meet, Streicher has opened with medalist honors in his first seven competitions of this season. He has averaged a little more 36.6 per nine holes.
“It’s nice to get off to a good start,” Streicher said. “Obviously, you want to be playing well toward the end of the year, but playing well at the beginning helps because you feel more confident.”
Streicher earned all-tournament honors a year ago and placed 11th as a sophomore. He made a small jump but dedicated a lot of time in the offseason to fine-tune his game. Streicher competed in a couple junior and amateur tournaments and numerous rounds.
“It was mainly playing a lot of golf,” Streicher said. “Just getting on the course and hitting fun shots. Just messing around out there.”
The offseason focus was on putting. Streicher said he needed to improve on the green. The emphasis has paid dividends this spring.
“You can never be too good at putting and last year I struggled with my putter, so I worked at it really hard,” Streicher said. “This year, I’ve been putting a lot better and the scores have shown it.”
Plenty of work remains as he looks to refine his short game to cut scores.
“I have to clean up my short game and start getting more consistent with every club,” Streicher said. “Once you get consistent and confident with each club each shot is better.”
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Streicher has been a four-sport athlete for the Vikings. He was a two-way starter for the state semifinalist football squad, passing for more than 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was a member of the 2018 state quarterfinal basketball team and the 2016 state baseball quarterfinalist.
Traits for success transfer from sport to sport.
“All sports are different but they all have the same underlying principles,” said Streicher, who plans to study finance and real estate at the University of Northern Iowa. “They take hard work, confidence and commitment. Those are the principles I look at when I play sports.”
HUNT RANKS AMONG LEADERS
Anamosa senior Kara Hunt ranks among the state leaders in scoring average. Hunt owns a 38.14 combined adjusted average, coming in at 39.33 per nine holes. She averages 82 over two 18-hole rounds with a low of 80.
Her adjusted and 18-hole average is good for second in Class 2A. She is in the top five of 2A in nine-hole scoring.
MVC SUPER MEET SET FOR MONDAY
The Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet is scheduled for Monday at The Meadows Golf Course in Dubuque, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The annual event will be a 16-team field for the first time, adding Iowa City Liberty and Western Dubuque this season.
The Super Meet serves as the first of three conference competitions to determine divisional champions and all-conference honors.
Linn-Mar captured the MVC Super Meet team title a year ago.
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