By Perry Bell Sports Editor
The Pella Chronicle
---- — A total of 22 young men have reported to golf practice for the 2014 Pella High Little Dutch varsity program.
The Dutch were loaded with talent a year ago and they had a very good year. With all six starters back from that squad coach Bob Fessler looks for some good things again this Spring.
“Not only do we have our top six back from last year, we also have several others that will push for the top six positions,” Fessler commented.
Sean Rennich and Jake Dorman are the returning seniors. Corey Elliott, Colton Bradley, Jack Meyer and Trevor Argo are the returning junior starters. The team went 58-6 last year, but did not advance out of Districts.
Corey Elliott was the lone qualifier for the state meet, and a was a first-team all state player.
Elliott was the individual winner of both the Sectional and District Meets, en route to qualifying for State.
Sean Rennich was a second-team all state selection according to the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association.
Rennich, Elliott and Bradley were all named to the Little Hawkeye Conference team with Bradley claiming runner-up medalist honors.
Freshman Ryan Van Wyk is one of the Pella golfers who may be knocking on the door of opportunity to crack the top six.
The strength of the team according to Fessler is the depth. “Many teams rely on three or four players to do the vast majority of their team scoring, but we have the luxury of having all six players contribute to the scoring of the team..
“These players love to work hard and get better at their skills.”
Pella could be slowed by not having a home course to play on.
The Dutch normally play at Bos Landen, but at the time of this writing the uncertainty of that facility was still up in the air.
In the meantime the Dutch are traveling to Oskaloosa to practice at the Edmundson Golf Course.
“We will be traveling everyday for practice, which could make things potentially very interesting,” Fessler said.
In looking at the league, Fessler said Dallas Center-Grimes, the new team in the league, along with Grinnell and Oskaloosa look to field good teams this year.
Norwalk is no longer in the LHC for golf purposes, since they have moved up to Class 4A and play the sport in the Fall. Newton also doesn’t play golf in the Spring.
That leaves, Knoxville, Pella and Pella Christian to fill out the rest of the six teams in the LHC along with the aforementioned three schools.
Not only is Pella coming off a season that produced a 58-6 mark in 2013, but they were ranked as high as No. 2 in the state during the season.
Pella was unbeaten in the LHC was a perfect 5-0 dual mark a year ago.
“Expectations are high, we want to repeat as LHC Champions and we want to make it to the state tournament and be counted as one of the best teams in our area and state,” Fessler stated.
Odds and Ends
According to the Pella High schedule the Dutch are slated to open the season April 7 in a dual against Pella Christian at a site to be determined.