FORT DODGE — For the first time since 2011, a boys state golf championship trophy is heading back to Clear Lake.
Clear Lake shot 301 Friday and closed out with a 300 Saturday to win the Class 2A title by three strokes over Carroll Kuemper at Lakeside Golf Course.
This year it’s a little redemption after missing out last season.
“Last year we thought we were in really good shape shooting 298 on Day 1 and we just weren’t able to finish,” Clear Lake senior Evan Krause said. “This year we went 300 and 301 and the consistency this year was amazing.”
The Lions did it the same way they had done so all year —a team effort. And they did it by overcoming a seven-stroke deficit to open the day.
Thomas Storbeck tied for 10th after shooting 74 on Saturday to finish the tournament with a 147 (73-74).
Kyle Calaguas finished just outside of the top 10 with a 148. Calaguas followed his round of 73 with a 75 of Saturday.
Jackson Hamlin stayed consistent through the weekend with a pair of 77s to place him in a tie for 23rd with a two-day total of 154.
“I was thinking the whole time just stay calm no matter what, always play my shots as safe as I possibly could,” Hamlin said. “I’m pretty sure that’s what we all were thinking today and we got it done.
It was on the back end, though, where the Lions’ scores really made a difference. Tate Storbeck and Krause each tied for 27th with matching 157s. Storbeck shot 79 Saturday to go along with his 78 from Friday.
Krause, who Clear Lake coach Eric Perry called his “dark horse” prior to the season, made the biggest leap forward with a 74 Saturday after shooting 83 on Friday.
“To me personally, that meant a lot,” Krause said. “I knew I could do it all season and coach had always been on me all season about how good I could do and not blow up on a hole. I had an awful first hole and though I was going to have another awful and just was able to bounce back.”
Additionally, Clear Lake’s Alex Snelling finished 47th with a two-day total of 168 (81-87).
New Hampton’s Carter Stochl was the individual champion with a 140 (72-68) while Panorama’s Will Babcock (72-70), Shenandoah’s Ryan Ruzek (71-71) and Aplington-Parkersburg’s Dylan Ellis (72-70) each finished at 142 to tie for second.
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura's Matthew Heinemann tied for 35th after shooting 161 (77-84).
It’s the seventh time in school history Clear Lake has won a boys state golf title. Perry, who was the coach of the last Lions team to do it in 2011, said this one was just as sweet.
“We’ve practiced all year to peak at the right time and that’s what these guys did,” said Perry, who attributed the Lions’ success this season to the big tournaments they played in all season. “They did it all … I just tried to put them in the right position to do it.”