It was another season of fine play on the links for Western Dubuque, as Coach Ben Wilson’s Bobcats were among the Mississippi Valley Conference’s most competitive teams in 2021.
“I felt really good about the season. This was the youngest team I have coached in quite a while,” said Wilson. “The guys performed really well this year. You could see all the freshmen and sophomores put it all together by the end of the year. This was a great experience and Davis (Stelzer) did a great job of being a leader for all the younger players.”
Stelzer ended a terrific four-year run averaging 80 strokes per 18 holes on the season.
“Davis was the only one that had played varsity golf before this year. He provided stability at the top of the lineup and great leadership for the younger players,” said Wilson. “He had a really great career and he is going to be missed. He did a great job getting everyone else prepared for the future of WD golf.”
This Western Dubuque team got the attention of other teams in the MVC.
“We ran into traffic going to a meet in Waterloo and ran a little late. The other coaches told my guys they were disappointed we made it because they were playing for 2nd at that point,” explained Wilson. “That was the point of the season, the guys realized we had the respect of the other teams. We really started playing our best golf after that.”
Freshman Brock Wilson led the Bobcats with an 18-hole average of 79.22 while qualifying for the Class 4A State Tournament. Sophomore Jackson Webber was a consistent finisher and averaged 79.33.
Soph Jackson Skrtich averaged 84 strokes per 18, while freshman Tyler Skrtich was at 84.11. Freshman Brayden Webber was at 87 per 18, and junior Nolan Vaske 92.
“We showed tremendous growth over the course of the season. This is something you hope for, but you never know,” Wilson said. “Most of the growth came in the mental part of the game. The guys learned to manage the course better and not let bad shots lead to bad holes. This is usually the key to playing good team golf.
“I am really looking forward to the future of the program. Next year we have a ton of varsity experience. These guys all contributed in a big way this year and are ready to take the next step next year. We will still be very young, but so talented that we should be able to compete for a league title now that we are opposite Cedar Falls.”