SB-L’s Warren, North’s Opsahl make state meet
SIOUX CITY – A freshman from Sergeant Bluff-Luton stole the show in an Iowa Class 4A boys district at Whispering Creek Golf Club Wednesday.
In what has to be considered a surprise, Schuyler Warren won a sudden death playoff for medalist honors, earning a berth in the state meet this weekend at Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville.
Warren and Bennett Pedersen of team champion Waukee battled the elements and a difficult course to each shoot 77 in regulation play. Ironically, both struggled in the first playoff hole and a double bogey on No. 18 was enough for Warren to win.
Each hit their tee shots way right, but Warren got a fortunate ruling break when his ball was deemed to be on private property. Therefore, he was allowed to play it as a lateral hazard and drop while Pedersen was forced to hit from deep foliage.
As it turned out, Pedersen eventually found the water hazard in front of the 18th green and took an 8. Warren wound up with a 7.
“It was really neat because a lot of the other players from Sioux City schools were out there cheering him (Warren) on,” Sergeant Bluff-Luton Coach Troy Husen said. “He is a very athletic kid who loves golf and puts in a lot of time at it.”
Warren posted an 18-hole average of 80.17 this fall, earning all-conference honors by finishing among the top 12 in the Missouri River Conference meet. His 5-over-par 77 at Whispering Creek in the district meet included no birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.
Along with Warren, North senior Nick Opsahl also qualified individually after tying for sixth with an 80. This will be the second state trip for Opsahl, who made it as a sophomore.
Opsahl won more than 15 individual medals in his high school career, was a two-time city champion and won the MRAC title as a sophomore. Two years ago, he became the first Sioux City player since Colin Mitchell of North in 2003 to make the state meet, finishing 20th.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Warren also plays football, wrestles and runs track. His versatility has definitely paid dividends on the golf course.
“He is very flexible and athletic,” Husen said. “Schuyler has the drive and ability to become a very good player. He would be the first to credit his teammates (Jacob Massey, Easton Plantenberg, Peyton Hardie, Jack DeJong, Ashton Foister) for a lot of his success. They’ve each contributed this season as well.”
The Class 4A state meet will be held Friday and Saturday, with 18 holes each day. Marshalltown is the defending champion, led by junior Cole Davis, last year’s individual runner-up.