A pairing of the Class 1A boys state champion and the Class 1A girls fifth-place finisher led to a second-place finish for Edgewood-Colesburg siblings Ethan and Maddy Streicher at the 2019 Class 1A Co-Ed State Golf Tournament at American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown, June 4.
Playing a course both players are familiar with, team Streicher carded a round of 73 to earn Ed-Co’s first-ever trophy in the annual event that features teams from all corners of the state competing in an alternate-shot format, with boys teeing off on odd numbered holes and girls on even numbered holes. Schools with an enrollment under 350 competed at Marshalltown in Class 1A, while larger schools competed in Class 2A at Cedar Pointe Golf Course in Boone.
“Overall, we played really well. My driving was a little off, but Ethan really drove it well,” said Maddy Streicher. “Our long irons were really working for us. We never had to chip and our putting was solid.”
“Maddy and Ethan had a great day on the course at the Co-Ed State Tournament,” said Ed-Co girls coach Alex Hanna. “The brother-sister dynamic was fun to see and I believe that it really helped both of them play to the best of their ability.”
Clear Lake’s Ashley DeLong and Tate Storbeck took top honors with a 73, winning the title on a cardback, with Ed-Co matching that score but taking second due to ties being settled on the scorecard rather than the golf course.
“Our goal was to win the tournament, but we played well,” said Ethan Streicher. “Props to the champions for shooting such a good score.”
“Taking second on a cardback is a bit unlucky, but taking runner-up of two classes is nothing to be ashamed of,” added Hanna.
In a field featuring a host of individual medalists from the 2019 traditional state meets, Nevada’s Emma Griffin and Tyler Sansgaard were third at 74, Dike-New Hartford’s Morgan Weber and Colton Harberts fourth at 77, Van Meter’s Kylie Carey and Dylan Sherlock fifth at 78 and New Hampton’s Allison Nuss and Ryan Anderson sixth at 79. Maquoketa Valley’s Kelly Winter and Isaac Zirtzman finished in a tie for 42nd with a round of 96.
“Both Maddy and Ethan contributed pretty equally and I think they had a pretty good time as well,” said Hanna. “I am proud of them and what they were able to accomplish.”
While the brother-sister dynamic can sometimes be a bit of a challenge on and off the course, the Streichers thrived on the par-71 American Legion Course.
“It was really awesome to go out and play with my sister,” Ethan said. “I’ve played with her a lot but never competed together.”
“Playing with Ethan was so fun,” said Maddy. “We get along really well and it was just a great experience to get out there one last time for Ethan’s last meet. It was good to go out with a splash.”