The high school golf season is underway and Whitfield has its sights set on winning the Class 2 state championship for the third consecutive year.

Whitfield coach Harold Barker is entering his 13th year as the head coach of the Warriors. Whitfield has 10 consecutive years of qualifying a team to state.

The Warriors were fourth in 2003 and own back-to-back Class 2 state titles in 2010 and 2011. The Warriors have seven lettermen, including senior Mitch Rutledge, the defending Class 2 state individual champion, senior Jake Andrews and sophomores Nate Schmidt and Nick Kunin.

“The team is long with good touch around the greens,” Barker says. “They are hard-working and committed to doing their best.” The goals again this year are to win district and sectional and advance to state, Barker adds. “We hope to defend our championship. This team knows it has a lot riding on this season going for the three-peat.”

Whitfield is not the only strong area golf squad. Westminster Christian Academy finished second last year in Class 3 after winning state the previous year. Four lettermen return as the Wildcats will attempt to reach state as a team for the fourth consecutive year.

De Smet wound up fourth at state last year in Class 4 and the Spartans appear to be strong again. Dave Boland is entering his 30th year as coach at De Smet. He has two starters back from last season.

Parkway South finished fifth at state right behind De Smet and two Patriots from that team return. Jason Koehrer is entering his first full year as head coach after having taken over for the late Mark Wade at the end of last season. Seniors Jack Darland and David Arth, who also are captains of this year’s squad, have state experience. Six members of the undefeated junior varsity from last year were promoted to varsity this year.

Eureka has plenty of experience back this spring and the Wildcats want to try to reach state in Class 4.


The first big meet of the year—the 2012 Gateway Cup Matches—saw the Gateway PGA professionals defeat the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association’s team 18-10. The two-day tournament was held at Old Hickory Golf Club.

Here are the Four-Ball Match Play results:

Bob Gaus/Steve Lotz (PGA) defeated Scott Thomas/Andy Frost (MAGA) 1- up, Brian Fogt/Jeff Whitfield (PGA) defeated Jim Holtgrieve/Jeff Johnson (MAGA) 1-up, Mike Suhre/Shane Blankenship (PGA) defeated Jeremy Franklin/Jason Chun (MAGA) 2-up, Skip Berkmeyer/Ted Moloney (MAGA) defeated Ryan Roy/Rob Sedorcek (PGA) 2&1, Mike Tucker/Kevin Triefenbach (PGA) defeated Tom Barry/Brian Craig (MAGA) 4&3, Phil Caravia/Eli Grant (MAGA) defeated Nash Haxel/Gideon Smith (PGA) 3&2, and Buddy Allen/Pat Riordan (MAGA) halved with J.C. Anderson/Ty Zimmerman (PGA). That gave the professionals a 4.5 to 2.5 advantage heading into the next event.

Here are Foursomes results:

J.C. Anderson/Shane Blankenship (PGA) defeated Brian Craig/Pat Riordan (MAGA) 2-up, Brian Fogt/Steve Lotz (PGA) defeated Jim Holtgrieve/Scott Thomas (MAGA) 4&2, Bob Gaus/Jeff Whitfield (PGA) defeated Andy Frost/Jeff Johnson (MAGA) 1-up, Mike Suhre/Ty Zimmerman (PGA) defeated Eli Grant/Phil Caravia (MAGA) 5&4, Ted Moloney/Buddy Allen (MAGA) defeated Ryan Roy/Gideon Smith (PGA) 3&2, Tom Barry/Jeremy Franklin (MAGA) halved with Rob Sedorcek/Kevin Triefenbach (PGA), and Skip Berkmeyer/Jason Chun (MAGA) halved with Mike Tucker/Nash Haxel (PGA). After that round, the professionals led 5-2.

Here are the Singles Match Play results:

Andy Frost (MAGA) defeated Brian Fogt (PGA) 1-up, Scott Thomas (MAGA) halved Steve Lotz (PGA), Bob Gaus (PGA) defeated Jim Holtgrieve (MAGA) 5&4, Jeff Whitfield (PGA) defeated Jeff Johnson (MAGA) 1-up, Ryan Roy (PGA) defeated Buddy Allen (MAGA) 3&2, Brian Craig (MAGA) defeated Kevin Triefenbach (PGA) 1-up, Ty Zimmerman (PGA) defeated Ted Moloney (MAGA) 1-up, Mike Suhre (PGA) defeated Phil Caravia (PGA) 2-up, Jeremy Franklin (MAGA) halved Gideon Smith (PGA), Tom Barry (MAGA) halved with Mike Tucker (PGA), Shane Blankenship (PGA) defeated Skip Berkmeyer (MAGA) 3&2, Jason Chun (MAGA) defeated Nash Haxel (PGA) 3&2, J.C. Anderson (PGA) defeated Pat Riordan (MAGA) 3&2, and Eli Grant (MAGA) defeated Rob Sedorcek (PGA) 3&1.


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Golf teacher Kiran Kanwar can help you improve your game. Kanwar, who has 22 years as an instructor, can help teach you the three magic moves to hit the ball farther, straighter and higher. You can learn what actually matters—minimum moves for maximum results, and he also can show you how to make high, soft-landing pitch shots, accurate chip shots and reliable putts.

Kanwar uses a method called ‘The Minimalist Golf Swing.’ He has based it more than 17 years of golf-swing biomechanics research. Research has proven that swinging ‘wide’ and ‘inside’ during the backswing will give better distance and direction, and the MGS has been developed to have precise methods for encouraging a wide and inside backswing, while preventing all extra or undesirable moves.

Kanwar teaches at Sunset Hills Golf Club.


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