Kyle Workman shot a 5-under-par 31, Evan Eissens made an eagle on No. 4 and shot a 35, and two of their Fulton teammates also were in the 30s Monday as the Steamers opened the boys golf season by winning a triangular meet at Buck’s Barn Golf Resort.

The Steamers finished with a 143-stroke total, 27 shots better than Stark County. Host West Carroll came in with a 178.

“We broke our team record,” Workman said Monday night in a telephone interview. “Evan said we broke it by about eight strokes.”

Coach Keith Frederick said he couldn’t confirm that because he didn’t have the list of records with him but that it sounded correct.

“I didn’t want it to happen like that,” Frederick joked about posting that kind of score in the opening meet. “Now we can only go up in score.”

Rounding out the team scoring for Fulton were senior Cody Tiesman with a 38 and junior Kyle Wiebenga with a 39.

Success is no surprise for this group that enters the season with high aspirations. Led by a 1-2 finish from Workman and Eissens, the Steamers won the Three Rivers Conference title last season and were the regional co-champions after recording a 25-0 regular in the regular season.

“Buck’s Barn is not the most difficult course,” Workman cautioned. “I think everyone kind of realizes that. I hope it won’t go to our heads.”

For Workman, a senior who placed 26th in the Illinois state tournament last fall, the 31 was the lowest score he had ever shot.

“It was kind of one of those days where I couldn’t miss,” he said. “Every shot went right where I wanted it to. My driver was a little wild, but I didn’t have to use it a lot.”

He said he remembered two-putting on only two holes, too.

Frederick said he asked Workman after the round if there were any shots he left on the course that might have given him a 29.

“There were a couple of shots, some putts that were right there,” Workman said. “I try not to think about that.

“I still want to do that, Workman’s 31 helps Fulton challenge record

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THOMSON, Ill. — Kyle Workman shot a 5-under-par 31, Evan Eissens made an eagle on No. 4 and shot a 35, and two of their Fulton teammates also were in the 30s Monday as the Steamers opened the boys golf season by winning a triangular meet at Buck’s Barn Golf Resort.

The Steamers finished with a 143-stroke total, 27 shots better than Stark County. Host West Carroll came in with a 178.

“We broke our team record,” Workman said Monday night in a telephone interview. “Evan said we broke it by about eight strokes.”

Coach Keith Frederick said he couldn’t confirm that because he didn’t have the list of records with him but that it sounded correct.

“I didn’t want it to happen like that,” Frederick joked about posting that kind of score in the opening meet. “Now we can only go up in score.”

Rounding out the team scoring for Fulton were senior Cody Tiesman with a 38 and junior Kyle Wiebenga with a 39.

Success is no surprise for this group that enters the season with high aspirations. Led by a 1-2 finish from Workman and Eissens, the Steamers won the Three Rivers Conference title last season and were the regional co-champions after recording a 25-0 regular in the regular season.

“Buck’s Barn is not the most difficult course,” Workman cautioned. “I think everyone kind of realizes that. I hope it won’t go to our heads.”

For Workman, a senior who placed 26th in the Illinois state tournament last fall, the 31 was the lowest score he had ever shot.

“It was kind of one of those days where I couldn’t miss,” he said. “Every shot went right where I wanted it to. My driver was a little wild, but I didn’t have to use it a lot.”

He said he remembered two-putting on only two holes, too.

Frederick said he asked Workman after the round if there were any shots he left on the course that might have given him a 29.

“There were a couple of shots, some putts that were right there,” Workman said. “I try not to think about that.

“I still want to do that, shoot below 30. I think that would be cool.”

Workman said he knew a good round was on the way when he birdied three of the first four holes.

“That was a pretty good situation because I knew no matter how I screwed up it was going to be a pretty good round,” he said. “I almost birdied (No.) two. I had a 90-degree lip-out on about a 15-foot putt.”

The early run was capped by the birdie on No. 4, a 308-yard par-4 hole. On that one, he said playing the course Sunday for the first time in three or four years, helped.

“It helps to see it again,” he said. “(No. 4) is a 300-yard dogleg left. I hit driver Sunday and went over the green, so I knew I had to hit something less. Probably the tee shot on four was the shot of the day. I don’t usually tee off with that club (a 3-wood). It went right between two traps and right on the fringe of the green. That was pretty spectacular.”

Still, Eissens was even better on that hole, making the eagle.

“Evan drove the green and made about a 25-footer,” Frederick said.

Eissens’ round had a few more peaks and valleys than Workman’s. He started with a birdie on No. 1, bogeyed Nos. 2 and 3, made the eagle on No. 4 and then bogeyed No. 5. He then made four straight pars before finishing with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole (the players finished on 18 instead of No. 9 to make it a par-36 course, Frederick explained).

Frederick said comparing the rounds of his top two players perfectly illustrated their differences.

“Kyle is like watching a flat line,” he said. “Evan is like watching a heartbeat. He’s up and down, then up and then down. It’s fun watching them because they’re totally different.”

Tiesman and Wiebenga also had their moments for the Steamers. Tiesman, who placed sixth in the conference last year, opened with three pars and had five total, and he also birdied the par-3, 174-yard No. 6 hole. Wiebenga birdied the par-3, 146-yard second hole, followed that with a par on No. 3 and later added successive pars on Nos. 6-8.

Nick Dickau posted the low score for West Carroll, making three pars in a round of 41. Pat Fritz followed with a 44, including a birdie on No. 5.

Sam Klooster led Stark County with a 37, making eight pars and a bogey on No. 2, while Morgan Blakey had the lone birdie for the Rebels. 

WEST CARROLL TRIANGULAR

Buck’s Barn Golf Resort, par 36

Team standings — 1. Fulton 143; 2. Stark County 170; 3. West Carroll 178.

Medalist — Kyle Workman (Fulton) 31.

FULTON — Workman 31, Evan Eissens 35, Cody Tiesman 38, Kyle Wiebenga 39, Matt Dail 48, Logan Rascher 60.

STARK COUNTY — Sam Klooster 37, Isaac Lindley 42, Morgan Blakely 45, Evan Webber 46, Derek Gray 47, Danielle Kenney 49.

WEST CARROLL — Nick Dickau 41, Pat Fritz 44, Garret Badtke 45, Marcus Fitzpatrick 48, Levi Jones 49, Dustin Duggan 52.

Junior varsity — 1. Fulton 188; 2. West Carroll 212; 3. Stark County 241. Medalist — Logan Schaver (Fulton) 44.

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