DIKE — The conditions were far from optimal for golf.
That, however, did not stop several players from posting low scores Friday at a Class 2A district meet at Fox Ridge Golf Course.
New Hampton’s Carter Stochl and Aplington-Parkersburg’s Dylan Ellis each shot 74, one stroke back of medalist Thomas Storbeck of Clear Lake. Stochl’s effort helped the Chickasaws earn runner-up honors behind Clear Lake and advance to the 2A state tournament May 26-27 at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge.
“It was pretty rough. Tough conditions, but you have to fight through it and do the best you can,” said Stochl, who lost in a playoff last year and missed the state tournament. “Sometimes you had to play for par, and sometimes even bogey. But you worked through it to get the best score you could and I was pleased with what I came in with.”
In addition to Stochl and Ellis, Dike-New Hartford’s Royce Weber is going back to state for the second consecutive year after firing a 75 and finishing in a four-way tie with Tate Storbeck of Clear Lake, Cade Alberts of A-P and Matthew Heinemann for fourth.
All of four of those golfers advanced to state.
The golfers battled a constant, drizzling rain, winds that gusted to 15-20 mph and temperatures that hovered in the mid-40s.
Stochl’s 74 featured just one major slip, a double-bogey five on the par-3 13th. Otherwise, the Chickasaw senior who will play at Northern Iowa next year carded four birdies and eight pars, going out in 38 and coming in at 36.
He was pleased with his effort, but more pleased that it helped New Hampton earn a state tournament berth for the first time in more than a decade.
“More pleasing,” Stochl said. “A lot of people play for themselves and put pressure on themselves to do good so they can make it as an individual. But I was putting pressure on myself because I wanted to help our team and make it for our team.
“It was close. It was nerve-wracking watching the scores come in.”
With scores of 73, 75, 78 and 80, Clear Lake was the easy winner with a score of 306, 15 strokes better than New Hampton’s 321.
Matching Stochl’s 74 and qualifying for the first time was Ellis, the junior from Aplington-Parkersburg. Like Stochl, he carded four birdies with his round of 74, also slipping on the 195-yard par-3 13th with a double-bogey.
The 13th played as one of the toughest holes of the day as it did not surrender a single par or better to the 54 players who played it. On the day, the 13th saw 32 bogeys and 22 double-bogeys or worse.
“Windy, rainy ... the clubs were slippery,” Ellis said of the conditions. “Right away it seemed like the toughest, then it backed off for a while, and after 10 holes it picked up again and it got really cold.
“It feels great to qualify. With the way it was I had to stick with it, not make any dumb mistakes and just play my game.”
District golf results
TEAM STANDINGS — 1. Clear Lake 306, 2. New Hampton 321, 3. Dike-New Hartford 324, 4. Aplington-Parkersburg 325, 5. Denver 327, 6. South Hamilton 330, 7. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 341, 8. North Fayette Valley 343.
INDIVIDUAL STATE QUALIFIERS — 1. Thomas Storbeck (CL), 73, 2. (tie) Carter Stochl (New Hampton), Dylan Ellis (AP), 74, 4. Royce Weber (DNH), Tate Storbeck (CL), Cade Alberts (AP), Matthew Heinemann (Garner-Hayfield), 75.
DIKE-NEW HARTFORD — Weber 75, Bo Weissenfluh 78, Trevor Dumler 82, Ben Freese 89.
NEW HAMPTON — Stochl 74, Eric Shatek 81, Ryan Anderson 82, Wyatt Stochl 84.
APLINGTON-PARKERSBURG — Alberts 75, Luke Pruisner 80, Dylan Ellis 74, Bryce Hoeppner 96.
DENVER — Zach Miller 81, Ben Buhrow 81, Blake Steege 82, Michael Bohlman 83.
NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY — Noah Koch 79, Chase Hollinrake 81, Colin Gavin 86, Croy Schott 97.
Area state qualifiers
TEAMS — East Buchanan (Chris Cooksley, Jacob Hesner, Ryan Schmitt, Dylan Kress, Nathan Schmitt, Hunter Snyder)
INDIVIDUALS — Jacob Brown (Starmont).
NOTE: District at Mason City was postponed to Monday.