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May 17, 2014

Irish's Evers claims title

Junior shoots 77; Easton Valley is team champ

WYOMING — Prince of Peace junior golfer Connor Evers uses three letters to remind himself not to let a bad hole disrupt him mentally.

"I write 'ITM' on the golf ball for 'in the moment,' " Evers said. "It reminds me to stay in the moment. If I have a bad hole, to let it go."

There wasn't much for Evers to dislike Friday as he shot a 5-over-par 77 to claim medalist honors at the Iowa Class 1A Midland Sectional boys golf tournament at Little Bear Golf Course.

"I had a good time out there," Evers, who won the title by four strokes, said. "I played really consistent. I stuck to my game."

Easton Valley won the team title with a 355-stroke total, while Calamus-Wheatland placed second with a 368. Both teams, along with the top four individuals, will advance to the Don Bosco District meet next Friday at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls. Joining Evers as individual qualifiers were Austin Rickertsen (81) of Calamus-Wheatland, Craiton Andresen (85) of Easton Valley and Hagan Ackley (87) of Midland.

Despite the gray day, Evers said the weather wasn't much of a factor.

"The conditions weren't that bad," he said. "The grounds crew did an outstanding job getting the course ready for us. They did one of the greatest jobs with all the rain we've had of getting the course ready."

Evers played the front nine in 3-over-par 39. He made par on holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 9 and had bogeys on the other three. His "back nine" — Little Bear is a nine-hole course played twice — started with back-to-back birdies on the par-4 10th hole and par-5 11th. He added pars on Nos. 13, 15, 16 and 18 on his way to a 38 on the back nine.

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