Kyle Workman wants to play in the Illinois boys golf state tournament again this fall. He’d like to take along his Fulton High School teammates to join in on the fun this time.
“I always want to go back,” Workman, a senior, said. “It was a fun time, but I want the whole team to go down with me. It would be cool to go again. It almost would be disappointing if I didn’t go down again, but I hate to say that.”
The way the Steamers are burning up the courses so far this season, his wish doesn’t sound so far-fetched.
“I thought at the end of last season we were not going to be as good (this fall),” Workman said. “But it seems as if we’re getting better.”
Fulton has high expectations with the top two players back from its team that won the Three Rivers Conference title last fall, then tied Riverdale for the regional crown and placed fifth in the sectional tournament.
Workman and fellow senior Evan Eissens have been going back and forth as the team leader in meets this season. It’s a continuation of past seasons. Eissens is a two-time conference runner-up, while Workman is the defending Three Rivers champ who then won the regional title before qualifying for state at the sectional meet.
“It’s fun watching those two because they’re totally different,” Fulton coach Keith Frederick said. “Kyle is like watching a flat line; Evan is like watching a heartbeat.”
Workman averaged 38.17 strokes for nine holes last year, while Eissens was just a shade back at 38.29.
While those two often grab the headlines, the Steamers’ other senior, Cody Tiesman, has shown he can score in the 30s, too. He placed sixth in the conference meet last year and averaged 43.41 strokes.
Fulton has a fourth letterman back in junior Kyle Wiebenga, who carried a 46.18 average last season. Three players who helped the Steamers win the conference junior varsity meet could battle for scoring spots, too. They are juniors Logan Schaver (third in the conference JV meet), Gunner Decker (fifth) and Logan Rascher (ninth).
“We have four or five guys capable of shooting in the 30s,” Frederick said. “That’s a coach’s dream.”
If they can put it all together, they might fulfill Workman’s dream, too.
“With serious effort they can improve on last year’s season,” Frederick said.
For the complete fall outlook on Fulton High School sports, pick up a copy of today's Clinton Herald.