When Jon Olson was hired to become the first Ankeny Centennial boys’ golf coach in 2013, he stepped into a good situation.
Most of the top players from Ankeny’s 2012 team that qualified for the state meet moved across town to Centennial when the new school opened the following year.
“The talent was there,” Olson said. “From a coaching perspective, it was just a matter of keeping guys’ heads where they needed to be and keeping them focused on the process–and not the result–which is hard to do.”
It didn’t take long for Centennial to capture the first state title in the school’s brief history. Just two months after the school opened its doors, the Jaguars posted a 36-hole total of 620 in the windy conditions at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion to win the Class 4A crown, finishing nine strokes ahead of Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
“I think about that tournament all the time,” said Griffen Matthias, who led Centennial to the title. “That team–we were together since junior golf and we were all close. That’s all we wanted to do when we were in high school–win a state title. When it finally happened, it was kind of surreal.”
The Jaguars bounced back from a fourth-place finish at the Central Iowa Conference Invitational to win a district meet at Fort Dodge, where Andrew Huseman and Cody Holck each shot a 73 to tie for runner-up honors.
Centennial also had some good luck. Defending Class 4A champion Waukee–a team that defeated the Jaguars five times during the season–failed to qualify for state.
That provided an opportunity that Olson’s team didn’t waste.
“That’s one of the accomplishments I’m most proud of,” said Olson, who has been one of the state’s top amateur players for many years. “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Those guys were really, really good.”
While Olson benefited from an influx of talent at Centennial, Ankeny coach Mike Weddingfeld watched from across town as some of his former players led the Jaguars to the crown.
“That was probably my hardest year ever coaching,” Weddingfeld said. “We were right where we wanted to be and I knew those guys would be really good as seniors, but I also knew we had the split coming up and they lived on the north side. It didn’t surprise me one bit that they won (the title), but it was definitely hard on me. I was happy for them to see them succeed, but I would have loved to have been a part of that. I would have loved to coach them one more year because they were great kids.”
Nine members of that Centennial team went on to play college golf.
“I still think about the guys on that team a lot,” Huseman said. “I’m still really close with Griffen and Tanner (Randall). I was very close to Jesse (Peck) until he recently passed (away). They weren’t on the state championship team with us, but I’m also still great friends with Connor Peck and Taylor Rittman. We had such a great chemistry among our high school golf team all four years that I will cherish forever.”
The 2013 Jaguars were far better than the Central College teams that Olson later coached.
“We had a good team when we were at Ankeny, so we had our minds set on that (title) when we got started at Centennial,” Matthias said. “Jon was a great coach and really helped us with a lot of things. It was kind of like a family. When we put it all together, we did what we were supposed to do.”
Olson said he often reflects back on the Jaguars’ championship season.
“I still keep in contact with a lot of the guys,” he said. “Golf kind of keeps people together because you can do it your whole life.”
Some of the players on that Centennial team are among the best golfers ever produced by the city of Ankeny. Here, then, is the Ankeny Fanatic all-time Ankeny boys’ golf team, comprised of two six-player squads.
Joe Bethel. He was a three-time state placewinner and a three-time conference champion under coach Duane Suhr from 2001-04, earning medalist honors 19 times in his career. “He was just a great player,” Suhr said. “He just loved the game.” As a freshman, Bethel won the Central Conference title while leading Ankeny to a tie for second place overall. He carded a 72, then won a playoff against Dowling’s Bryson Hammer to earn medalist honors. He was the team’s top scorer at six of the last 10 meets and led the Hawks with a 37.5 average. In 2002, he again led the team with a 36.7 average as Ankeny posted an 8-1 dual-meet record. The Hawks’ only loss came by one stroke at Indianola, 157-158, but they rebounded to win the conference dual-meet title as the Indians went on to suffer a pair of losses. Ankeny also won the conference meet by two strokes over Dowling, even though Bethel lost a playoff to the Maroons’ Doug Sutter for medalist honors. He then shot a 72 to win the district title, leading the Hawks to a runner-up finish. Bethel went on to tie for sixth in Class 4A with a 158 total as Ankeny tied for sixth in the team race as well. As a junior, he fired a 67 to earn medalist honors at the CIML Invitational, then later shot a 74 to win his second conference title. Bethel went on to tie for 12th at state with a 152 total, leading the Hawks to a seventh-place finish. A six-time medalist and a two-time runner-up, he again led his team with a 37.1 average. In 2004, Bethel carded a 69 as Ankeny swept the conference individual and team titles. The Hawks also won the league’s dual-meet crown with a 5-0 mark and went 7-1 overall. Bethel capped off his career by placing fourth in Class 4A with a 149 total while leading Ankeny to a fourth-place finish. A six-time medalist and a three-time runner-up, he was the team’s No. 1 player for the fourth straight year with a 37.1 average. Bethel also teamed up with Alexis Beard to win back-to-back coed state titles in 2003-04. He earned a scholarship to play at Iowa State. “He was just a young, skinny kid who could hit the ball a mile,” said Weddingfeld, who was Suhr’s assistant coach at the time. “He loved to play golf and practice, and it showed. He’s still a good golfer today. I see him all the time out at Ankeny Golf and Country Club.”
Andrew Huseman. He was a four-time state placewinner who starred at Ankeny before moving to Centennial for his senior season, when he helped the Jaguars to the state title and led the team with a 37.3 average. “When you’ve got a guy like Huseman, who on any given day now is the best player in the state whether it’s an amateur or a pro, he’s that kind of talent….and it doesn’t come along very often,” Olson said. Huseman earned his third consecutive top-six finish at the state meet, placing fourth with a 151 total. “I remember being in contention on the final day and then having a few shots not turn out the way I wanted to and kept grinding away and I made about a 40-foot putt on the final hole in front of a bunch of people so I was happy to finish on a positive note myself,” Huseman said. “We had an awesome car ride home and were met with a lot of people around the community at the high school when we got back to Ankeny. It was a really special day to bring the first state championship to the new school.” As a freshman in 2010, he placed fourth in the CIML Central Conference meet while helping Ankeny to the team crown. He later took second at the district meet with a 74, allowing him to qualify for state as an individual. Huseman went on to tie for 12th in Class 4A with a 156 total and was named to the all-tournament first team. As a sophomore, he was the conference runner-up with a 74–finishing one stroke behind teammate Taylor Rittman–as Ankeny defended its title. He then carded a 71 to earn medalist honors at the district meet, where the Hawks claimed the overall crown to qualify for state for the first time since 2006. Huseman went on to tie for sixth at state with a 154 total and was again named to the all-tournament team after leading Ankeny to a fifth-place finish. In 2012, he led the Hawks with a 37.9 average. Huseman placed second at the state meet, the highest finish by an Ankeny golfer in school history. He briefly took the lead in the final round, but ended up with a 74 in the cold and windy conditions at the Tournament Club of Iowa for a two-day total of 146. He tied for runner-up honors with two other golfers, finishing five strokes behind Matthew Walker of Ottumwa. He led the Hawks to a 10th-place finish. Huseman also teamed up with Karli Kerrigan to win a state coed championship in 2013. He went on to play at Indian Hills Community College, where he helped the team to an NJCAA national championship, before transferring to Arkansas State. “I just played with Andrew this summer,” Weddingfeld said. “He’s still a great player.” Huseman said he thought about turning pro this summer, but decided to wait after many events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “I’m likely going to turn pro this winter when I move back down to Naples, Fla., sometime in October, and I will do the Canadian Tour Q school next spring,” he said. Let’s make Huseman the co-captain of our all-time team. “It is very humbling to be considered near the top with all of the other amazing talents that have gone through Ankeny,” he said.
Griffen Matthias. He not only led Centennial to the state championship in 2013, but also captured an individual crown as well–becoming the first boys’ medalist ever from Ankeny. After the Jaguars secured the team title, he returned to the No. 1 tee for a playoff against defending champion Matthew Walker of Ottumwa after both golfers finished the two-day tournament at 3-over-par 147. “It took a little bit of the pressure off knowing that we won the team title,” Matthias said. “But I kind of felt the pressure come back when we were waiting on the tee and waiting for everybody. I had never been in that situation before. But (coach Olson) was there and we talked about something that was way off-topic, and that calmed me down quite a bit.” Matthias then drained a short putt for par to give Centennial an unlikely sweep of the titles. A three-time medalist as a senior, he placed second on his own team with a 38.3 average, but ended his career as an individual state champion. “I was pretty confident going into the season, but after that first tournament at the Indianola Country Club where I had my worst competitive round (with an 89), coach Olson took me aside and just pretty much assured me that I was a great player and it was just one round,” Matthias said. “That really helped. It put a chip on my shoulder and made me want to work that much harder to achieve that goal.” Olson recalled that he asked Matthias before the season started if he thought he could become a state champion. “I’d known Griffen for a long time, so I was comfortable asking him these questions,” Olson said. “Because he had the talent–he hits the hell out of the ball. And when he’s putting well, he’s very good. So it was just getting him in that mindset of self-belief, and who doesn’t need that from time to time?” Matthias also played on Ankeny’s state tournament teams in 2011-12. As a junior, he placed second among the Hawks with a 39.3 average. Matthias went on to play for Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, where he later became a graduate assistant coach. He is now one of the assistants at Muskogee Golf Club. Matthias turned pro a year ago and is getting ready to start the PGA program. “With Griffen, talent-wise, he was there,” Olson said. “It was just a matter of keeping him balanced mentally. He has a tendency to get down on himself pretty quick on the golf course. So with him I had to tell him, ‘Don’t worry about your score. Just go do what you have to do.’ And when he’s able to do that, he’s really, really good. Because talent-wise, he might have more talent than Huseman. Andrew just kind of figures it out a little easier on the golf course, and that’s what makes coaching fun. You’re dealing with so many different personalities.” Let’s make Matthias the co-captain of the squad along with Huseman.
Brandon Miller. He was Ankeny’s No. 1 player in each of his final three seasons from 1997-99, helping the Hawks to three consecutive district titles and a trio of top-six finishes at the state meet. As a freshman in 1996, he placed third on the team with a 40.6 average. He then lowered his average to 36.6 as a sophomore, a number that he matched in 1998. Miller again led the team with a 37.1 average as a senior. In 1997, Miller earned medalist honors at five different meets and was the district runner-up with a 75. The Hawks placed fifth in the CIML National Conference, but came on strong at the end of the season. After winning the district crown, Ankeny placed third in Class 4A and finished just four strokes behind Waterloo West, which won a playoff against Bettendorf to claim the title. It was the Hawks’ first appearance in the state meet since golf was moved to a fall sport in 1993. As a junior, Miller helped the Hawks set what was then a school record with a 7-under-par 137 total in a dual-meet win over Mason City at Otter Creek. He later led Ankeny to a tie for sixth place at the state meet by shooting a 159 total. He was a four-time medalist, twice posting a 33 in nine-hole meets and also firing a 67 to lead the Hawks to a second straight crown at the Mason City Invitational. “Brandon was a very good golfer. He was very capable,” said Marlan Cunningham, the longtime Ankeny coach who retired at the end of that year. Miller was among the many golfers who thrived under the tutelage of Otter Creek Golf Pro Kevin Beard. “Kevin was such a good teacher,” Cunningham said. “He started developing the golfers, and that made a big difference for us.” As a senior, Miller was the conference champion with a 36-hole total of 140, edging teammate Marc Biga by one shot. Ankeny won the conference meet by 26 shots over Marshalltown, avenging a one-stroke loss to the Bobcats the year before. Miller and Biga then carded a 74 to tie for first at the district meet with teammate Scott Bethel before Biga won a playoff for medalist honors. The Hawks went on to place third in Class 4A with a 622 total. Miller finished with a 154 to tie for 10th place. He was a three-time medalist and a three-time runner-up. “Brandon was just very, very consistent,” said Suhr, who took over the program in 1999. Miller went on to become a golf pro for many years at Ankeny Golf and Country Club.
Dustin Wells. He was a four-year varsity regular who joined Joe Bethel on Ankeny’s state tournament teams in 2003-04, then led the Hawks to two more state appearances in his final two seasons. As a freshman, he placed second on the squad with a 38.8 average. He took sixth at the district meet with a 76 as Ankeny captured the team title. In 2004, Wells placed sixth at the conference meet with a 77. He later shot a 154 to place 11th at the state meet. “(Wells) was so focused on golf,” Suhr said. “He just dedicated his whole life to golf.” After Weddingfeld took over the program in 2005, Wells led the Hawks with a 36.7 average and was a five-time medalist as a junior. Ankeny edged Marshalltown by one stroke to place third at the district meet, then took advantage of playing on its home course at Otter Creek to place third in Class 4A. The Hawks were in fifth place after the opening round, but then shot a 296 in the second round to finish with a two-day total of 594. Wells finished 14th with a 147 total. “That was the old Otter course before it became the new Otter,” Weddingfeld said. “But it was nice to play on a familiar course.” As a senior, Wells led Ankeny with a 38.0 average and was a four-time medalist. He carded a 78 to lead the Hawks to a one-stroke victory over host Ottumwa at the district meet. He then capped off his career by tying for fourth place at the state meet, posting a 150 total to finish just three shots behind state champion Nathan Leary of Waterloo West. Wells, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Ankeny to a fourth-place finish. He was also selected to the Class 4A all-state first team. “Dustin was a really quiet kid,” Weddingfeld said. “He just put his head down and played his game. He didn’t say a whole lot, but you could always count on his score. He was very consistent day in and day out.” Wells currently works at Briarwood Golf Course. “It’s kind of cool to watch some of these guys like Dustin go on to play in college or get into the golf business,” Weddingfeld said. “It’s in their blood, I think.”
Chris Winkel. The youngest member of our first team, he was a standout at Centennial who played on the Jaguars’ championship squad as a freshman in 2013, when he carded a 37 to earn medalist honors in a dual-meet win over Urbandale–becoming the school’s first-ever medalist. He became a varsity regular as a sophomore, when he led the team with a 38.6 average. He shot a 73 to lead the Jaguars to the title at the Fort Dodge Invitational, where they finished five strokes ahead of eventual state champion Waukee–becoming one of only two teams to defeat the Warriors that season. Winkel later carded a 151 total to tie for 10th place at the state meet, leading Centennial to a sixth-place finish. He was named to the all-tournament second team by the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association. In 2015, Winkel was a three-time medalist and a four-time runner-up. He fired a 67 to place second at the Fort Dodge tournament, where the Jaguars posted a school-record score of 283 to defend their crown. He later tied for ninth in Class 4A with a 154 total as Centennial took second at the state meet, finishing eight strokes behind Waukee. “It seemed to be so easy for (Winkel),” said Rick Fee, who took over as the Jaguars’ head coach in 2015. “On a bad day, the worst he was going to shoot was a 75. But he had the ability to go 67 or 68. Every time you just expected around par or a better score for him, and it’s not very often you can have a kid in high school with that talent level to just know going into it that you’re very confident you’re going to get around a par score every time.” Winkel failed to qualify for state as a senior, but he enjoyed a tremendous season nevertheless. He was a six-time medalist, highlighted by his five-stroke victory in the Centennial Invitational at Briarwood, where he carded a 69 to lead the Jaguars to the team title. He later shot a 32 to set a school record during Centennial’s dual-meet win over Ames at Veenker Golf Course, then broke the record again six days later by shooting a 31 in a victory over Valley at Briarwood. Winkel went on to play for Oklahoma City University, one of the top NAIA programs in the country.
Mike Angstead. The oldest member of our team, he led Ankeny to the state meet as a junior in 1980. The Hawks had previously qualified for state only two other times in school history. “At districts we knocked off the huge favorites from Valley–they had five seniors who all went on to play college and pro golf,” Angstead said. Ankeny went on to place 10th in the state meet at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, but Angstead earned a top-10 finish–placing seventh as an individual in a field that included Gene Elliott, who just won the British Senior Amateur. Angstead was a four-year letterwinner for the Hawks and the team’s No. 1 player. He said he was preceded at Ankeny by some other talented players. “Mark Alexander and Mark Lemon were probably two of the best golfers that came out of Ankeny. They were both about eight years older than me,” Angstead said. “They won many Amateur tournaments for 10-plus years afterwards.” Angstead earned a full-ride scholarship to Nicholls State, a Division I school in Louisiana. He won regionals twice in a row during college and got to play at Nationals both years. “Most of my accomplishments came in college and Amateur tournaments and local Club championships,” Angstead said. His brother, Dan, was also a standout at Ankeny a few years later. Dan teamed up with Penny Peters to win the state coed title in 1984 and went on to play for West Arkansas Junior College.
Mike LaBounty. He was a four-year varsity regular for the Hawks who also won a pair of coed state titles, teaming up with Carissa Spain in 1998 and then defending the crown a year later with Sarah Gilbert. As a freshman in 1995, he placed fifth on the team with a 42.6 average, but was playing so well midway through the season that Cunningham elevated him to the team’s No. 1 position. In 1996, he nearly led his team to the state meet. Ankeny finished in a tie for third at the district meet, but Des Moines Roosevelt then won a playoff against the Hawks and Urbandale for the third qualifying spot. LaBounty tied for fifth as an individual with a 73. As a junior, he posted an average score of 39.2. He shot a 74 in the second round of the state meet to finish with a 153 total, helping the Hawks to a third-place finish in Class 4A. In 1998, LaBounty placed fifth in the two-day National Conference meet with a 149 total after shooting a 68 to take the first-round lead. After winning a second straight district title, Ankeny went on to tie for sixth at the state meet. LaBounty carded a 77 in the first round and finished with a 162 total. He placed third on the team with a 37.1 average. “Mike was a very good player,” Cunningham said.
Nate Messingham. He was a two-time state qualifier at Humboldt before moving to Ankeny, where he helped the Hawks to a pair of state-meet appearances in 1992 and 1993. “Nate came here and was a very good golfer,” Cunningham said. As a junior, Messingham carded a 75 to earn runner-up honors at the district meet, leading Ankeny to a third-place finish. He then shot a 76 in the opening round of the state meet en route to a 160 total, helping the Hawks to an eighth-place finish in Class 4A. In 1993, Messingham was disqualified at the district meet after shooting a 78, dropping his team from first to third place. But Ankeny still qualified for state. “Nate was accused of breaking a rule after he completed his round, but the other player should have brought it up when it happened,” Cunningham said. “I knew that Nate wouldn’t lie about it. We were just fortunate that we still advanced to state.” The Hawks went on to earn a ninth-place finish as Messingham posted a 167 total. That was Ankeny’s final season of spring competition before moving to the fall later that year. “Nate was a great kid,” said Suhr, who was Ankeny’s assistant at the time. “I always told him, ‘Man, I wish I could hit the ball as long as you do.'”
Connor Peck. He stepped into Ankeny’s varsity lineup as a freshman in 2008 when teammate Matt Kristensen suffered a back injury and never looked back, becoming a key player for the Hawks over the next few seasons. After placing fifth on the team with a 41.1 average as a freshman, he improved his average to 40.0 the next season, when he was Ankeny’s No. 3 player. As a junior, Peck helped the Hawks to four invitational titles during the season, including their first Central Conference crown since 2004. He carded a two-day total of 149 to become the individual conference champion. He also led the Hawks to a dramatic win at the Ankeny Invitational, where he made an eagle from about 90 yards out on the No. 18 hole at Otter Creek to give his team a two-stroke win over Southeast Polk. He shot a 71 to earn runner-up honors. Peck fired a 76 at the district meet to qualify for state as an individual. He went on to tie for 15th place in Class 4A with a 158 total. A three-time medalist and a three-time runner-up, he led the team with a 37.8 average. In 2011, Peck again led the team with a 37.2 average as Ankeny won six tournaments, defended its conference title and placed fifth in Class 4A. He posted a 36-hole total of 160 at the state meet. A three-time medalist and a five-time runner-up, Peck was a repeat selection to the all-state first team. He went on to play at Indian Hills Community College before transferring to Kansas for his final three collegiate seasons. As a senior, he led the Jayhawks in seven different categories including scoring average (72.0) and top-20 finishes (10). He was selected to the Big 12 all-tournament team after shooting a 2-over-par total of 290 to place 10th at the conference tournament. “Some kids peak early and other kids don’t mature until later on,” Weddingfeld said. “A lot of those guys like Connor went on to play really good golf after their high school career.” Peck recently moved back to Iowa from Dallas, but is still pursuing his dream of playing professionally. “I’m playing in the Iowa Four-Ball Championship with Connor next week,” Huseman said. “We are hoping to do very well in that event. Hopefully, we can play well enough to win it.”
Brandon Russell. He was a three-year varsity regular who played in three state meets for Centennial from 2014-16, helping the Jaguars to a pair of top-six finishes. As a sophomore, he carded a 73 to lead the Jaguars to the title at the Fort Dodge Invitational. He later shot a 78 in the second round of the state meet to finish with a 164 total, helping Centennial to a sixth-place finish in Class 4A. In 2015, he tied for fourth at the Valley Invitational with a 74, helping the Jaguars to a second-place finish. He later posted a 153 total to lead Centennial to a runner-up finish in Class 4A, shooting a 75 in the final round to tie for seventh place as an individual. As a senior, Russell was the runner-up at the Central Conference meet with a 71. He also earned runner-up honors at two other meets. He then qualified for state by placing fourth at the district meet with a 76. “Russell was a grinder,” Fee said. “I remember in the districts at Veenker he started off 5-over-par after four holes and he came in at 2-over. The conditions that day were horrible. The rest of our team blew up, but he managed to qualify for state as an individual because he just grinded all day long. He was just a great kid to be around. He was a good leader for us.” Russell went on to tie for 48th place in Class 4A, shooting a 171 total at the Tournament Club of Iowa. He was the leader of those Jaguar teams along with fellow 2017 graduate Chris Winkel. “The kids saw how those two guys played and how they practiced and were real role models for the underclassmen,” Fee said. Russell is now a senior on the Wartburg College squad, where he twice has been an all-conference performer for the Knights. He placed ninth in the Iowa Conference Championships as a freshman, then took third in the American Rivers Conference Championships as a sophomore. He also shot a 77 to win the Grinnell Triangular in 2019.
Dominic Schnepf. He was a standout at both Ankeny and Centennial who capped off his career with a fourth-place finish at the state meet in 2014. As a sophomore in 2012, he placed sixth among the Hawks with a 42.0 average. He finished seventh at the Indianola Invitational with a 75, leading Ankeny to a runner-up finish. He later posted a two-day total of 180 to help the Hawks to a 10th-place finish in Class 4A. Schnepf played on Centennial’s state championship team as a junior, when he shot a 76 to place eighth at the Indianola tournament. He also carded a 38 to earn runner-up honors in a dual-meet win over the Hawks. Schnepf then transferred back to Ankeny for his senior season, when he led the Hawks with a 37.6 average. He carded a 73 at the Fort Dodge Invitational, then later shot a 72 at the Valley Invitational to place third at both tournaments. He also fired a 37 to earn medalist honors in a dual-meet loss to Waukee, the eventual state champion. In the district meet at Waveland Golf Course, Schnepf qualified for the state meet in dramatic fashion. He chipped in for par on his final hole to place fourth with a 76. “It’s crazy how golf works,” Weddingfeld said. “You can think you’re out of it and then something like that happens. (Schnepf) is another one that matured a lot through high school and went on to play in college.” Schnepf then posted back-to-back rounds of 74 and 73 for a two-day total of 5-over-par 147 in the state meet at the Tournament Club of Iowa. “It was a good comeback,” he said at the time. “I triple bogeyed my second hole on the first day, but I was pretty consistent after that.” He was named to the all-tournament first team and also earned all-state second-team honors. He went on to play in college, finishing his career at Northern Iowa.
Honorable mention goes to Aaron Nihart, who placed fourth at the state meet in 2005 with a 144 total. He missed several meets due to a back injury before he returned to action at the district meet, where he struggled to an 85. He was tied for 11th after shooting a 73 in the first round of the state meet, but then carded a 1-under-par 71 in the final round, helping the Hawks to a third-place finish. Greg Eckels placed third on the 1997 Ankeny squad with a 38.5 average, but he played his best at the state meet, where he tied for seventh with a 148 total while helping the Hawks to a third-place finish in Class 4A. He also carded a 33 to earn medalist honors in a triangular meet at Willow Creek, which is also where the state meet was played. Marc Biga tied for eighth place with a 153 total at the state meet in 1999, leading Ankeny to a third-place finish. Andy Elseman was a standout on the 2000 team, leading the Hawks to a perfect 9-0 record and a fifth-place finish at state. He won a playoff to claim medalist honors at the district meet, then shot a 164 total to tie for 14th in Class 4A. He was a five-time medalist and a three-time runner-up. Taylor Rittman was a two-time all-state second-team selection in 2010-11. He shot a 73 to win the conference title as a senior, when he also helped the Hawks to a fifth-place finish at the state meet.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Ankeny Fanatic teams were selected by publisher Dan Holm, who consulted with former and current coaches before making his picks.)