Bluebirds eye return to state

These seniors and returning letter-winners from Goessel’s state-qualifying golf team will anchor the Bluebirds this season: (from left) Braden Roby, Carson Sterk, Dylan Lindeman. The Goessel golf team enters the season on the heels of a fifth-place team finish at the Class 1A state meet at Sugar Hills Golf Course in Goodland a year ago.

Foreign exchange student Michal Holada paced the team with a second-place individual finish at state, carding an 18-hole score of 80. Holada’s best score was a 78 recorded at Carey Park in April, and he carded a 79 to win the Hutchinson regional tournament.

Also lost from last year’s state team are graduated seniors Rhett Makovec (54th, 106), and Miguel Guerrero (88th, 131). Makovec carded a season-best 94 at the regional tournament, while Guerrero tied his season-best at that meet with a 113.

Despite the losses, the cupboard is not bare. The Bluebird roster features 14 athletes this spring for seventh-year coach Chad Lindeman, including three returning letter-winners who were members of last year’s state team.

Senior Braden Roby scored a season-best 81 to win the Wheat State League meet at Clay Center last year and pace the Bluebirds for a team league championship. Roby shot a 101 at regionals, then finished 35th at state with an 18-hole score of 99.

Sophomore Dylan Lindeman earned the 12th-place medal at league last year with a season-best score of 102. He shot a 105 at regionals and carded a 104 at state, good for 47th place.

Senior Carson Sterk recorded a season-best 112 at Carey Park last April, a meet Goessel won. Sterk carded a 119 at regionals, then placed 80th with a score of 125 at state.

Newcomers include juniors Kendall Hiebert and Christopher Strecker.

Coach Lindeman said he is still solidifying the Bluebird lineup.

“We will be looking for three other team members to step up and fill the open spots,” he said. “I am hoping for great improvement as the year progresses from everyone. My hope is that we can qualify again this year at the state level as a team, (or) if not, to be able to take some individuals. We have committed guys who want to work and play well, so it should be another fun season.”

Goessel will begin its competitive season April 3 at Herington.

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