Returning letter winners for the Trojans this season are, from left, Jacob Hackman and Justin Izer. Hackman averaged 52.7 strokes per nine holes last year while Izer averaged 55.7 strokes. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Having graduated several seniors off the 2012 Turkey Valley boys golf team, this year's squad will be young with little varsity experience.
However, that doesn't mean the Trojans will lack talent or the desire to succeed this year.
With 16 members out for the team, the Trojans will have lots of players battling for a spot in the varsity six. In charge of putting together the strongest team is Head Coach John Reicks, who is in his second year with the squad.
Rewind to 2012
The 2012 team was put together of mostly seniors. Working most of the regular season to find the right players for the top six, the Trojans went 6-6 overall for the season. At the Upper Iowa Conference meet in the beginning of May, the Trojans took fifth overall with 350 strokes. However, they were just 27 strokes out of first. Two players earned all-conference honors. Carson Bruess, who was ranked No. 8 in Class 1A at the time, took fourth overall to earn his fourth all-conference honor. Grant Franzen, who was ranked No. 32, finished seventh. Also competing were Brooks Milbrandt, Adam Kriener, Mark Panos and Jordan Mitchell.
A week later at the sectional meet, the Trojans finished fifth in team standings with 364 strokes, finishing 26 strokes out of first place. Bruess just missed the cut of advancing individually. He fired an 83 to tie for fifth overall. Also competing were Franzen, 92; Milbrandt, 93; Kriener, 96; Panos, 97; and Mitchell, 99.
The Trojans lost nine members off the 2012 team. Graduating were Bruess (four-time all-state, 39.1 strokes per nine holes), Franzen (43.2 strokes), Panos (45.6 strokes), Mitchell (48.4 strokes), Kriener (48.2 strokes), Milbrandt (49.3 strokes), A.J. Martin, Sterling Shatek, Noah Buss and Phillip Schmitt.
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