Edgewood-Colesburg senior Maddy Streicher capped an outstanding high school golf career with a second-place finish in the Class 1A State Golf Tournament, at the Ames Golf and Country Club, June 1-2.
Streicher’s two-day total of 156 was second to only Lynville Sully’s Greenlee Smock who finished at 154. The two were tied after day one with identical rounds of 77, and paired together both days. Smock’s second-round 77 was good enough to take the individual crown.
Annie Burns of team champion Algona Bishop Garrigan was third at 162, while Tori Galles, of Remsen St. Marys, and Kelly Baade, of Garrigan, tied for fourth at 163.
“I was able to play pretty well the first day. I left a few shots out there, but overall I was really happy with my performance,” said Streicher. “I felt pretty good going into the second day.”
A strong first nine on day two saw Streicher in position to challenge for the title.
“I started strong and played my first nine pretty well,” Streicher said. “I hit a rough patch early in the second nine and got a little bit down, but I’m just glad I was able to pull myself together and pull my game back together.”
“Maddy played so well both days and got to the majority of spots that we wanted to get to,” said Ed-Co coach Alex Hanna. “She struggled a bit with the speed of the greens on day one, but really came alive on day two with her chipping and putting. Her driver was great both days and the length off the tee made her very comfortable with her approach shots.”
Streicher and Smock played a match-play type final round.
“It was almost a battle of the wills. I haven’t faced any play like that this year, and it was good to play some golf where I really needed to focus and stay on top of my game,” said Streicher.
Streicher finished 25th as a freshman, fifth two years ago as a sophomore, and had a state title in her sights this spring after the 2020 season was lost to COVID.
“Going 77-79 is an amazing accomplishment and 156 over two days at that course is incredible play,” said Hanna. “Maddy dealt with a ton of adversity but kept her head down and just kept shooting.”
Streicher plans to continue her golf career at Simpson College, in Indianola, next fall and is looking forward to the opportunity.
“I’m just really excited to continue my career and hopefully I’ll be able to make an even bigger splash in the years to come,” she said.
Streicher has made her mark at Ed-Co and leaves a solid legacy behind, according to her coach.
“She has been an absolute pleasure to coach,” Hanna said. “She has a bright future playing at Simpson. She will continue to improve and has not reached her full potential yet. She was a leader on the team from day one of her freshman year and her contributions to Ed-Co will be missed.”