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Golf squad has high hopes

By Dexter White
On April 16, 2013


A combination of experience and talent can be found in Kirkwood Community College's golf squad this season.

Kirkwood returned five sophomores from last year's team, which went 84-12 and placed ninth in the NJCAA Division II national tournament.  The Eagles have won the regional tournament eight times out of the last nine seasons.

Shawn Cleary, Mitch Jacobi and Marcus Giltner returned to the Eagles' roster after qualifying for the national tournament a year ago. Jordan Azbell and Ryan Johnson also bring back experience.

This season the Eagles are ranked no. 8 in the nation, with a record of 35-7.

Head coach Darin Pint is in his 17th season. With Pint as the coach, the Eagles have recorded almost 900 wins, while finishing in the top 15 at nationals 11 out of the last 13 seasons.

Pint said the regional tournament will be more difficult to win this year. He noted the toughest teams will be Des Moines Area Community College, which is ranked no. 19 nationally and North Iowa Area Community College, which Pint said returns good players from a season ago.

"We have a good chance," Pint said. "It's going to come down to playing to our strengths."

Four freshmen began their collegiate golf career this season for Kirkwood. Brian Schreck, Kyle Jackson, Logan Baburek and Ryan Palser all join Kirkwood after attending high schools in Iowa.

"They're talented kids who were successful in high school," Pint said.

The Eagles will compete in the Wartburg College Invitational on April 13 and 14. The regional tournament will be hosted by Iowa Central Community College on May 5 and 6. 

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