FORT DODGE — The Clear Lake golf team has been focused all season on closing its rounds. On Saturday, they’ll get the chance to do so for a Class 2A state title.
The Lions opened the state tournament at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course Friday with a 301 and sit in second place after Day 1, seven strokes back from Sheldon.
“I think our main goal is to not get ahead of ourselves, take it one shot at a time and get the little things done, which makes the big things happen,” Clear Lake’s Kyle Calaguas said.
Calaguas and teammate Thomas Storbeck are tied for fourth in the individual standings as each opened with a 73 on a day that was perfect for low scores.
Sheldon’s Tyler Merley is the leader with a 68.
“There’s a definite chance we could pull through but right all I’m worried about is the team,” Calaguas said.
Clear Lake’s Jackson Hamlin is tied for 25th after a round of 77, Tate Storbeck is tied 30th with an 80, Alex Snelling is tied for 36th with an 81 and Evan Krause is tied for 44th with an 83.
“Our guys were hitting fairways, hitting greens and putting pretty good but liked to find penalty areas,” Clear Lake coach Eric Perry said. “A couple of the guys were shooting even par and took double bogeys on those holes. We have to eliminate those errors and have to finish.”
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura's Matthew Heinemann shot 77 Friday to head to the final day in a tie for 25th.