Kyle Knott — Knott, a senior, is the lone upperclassman on a young, yet experienced team. He co-led the Knights at the Hiawatha Valley League conference championship with a 99. He’s a consistent threat to post in the 40s over nine holes for K-W and enters his fourth year on varsity.
Tanner Angelsted — Angelsted, a freshman, finished third last season among middle schoolers by placing 33rd in the conference standings. He could be in the mix for top 17 in the Hiawatha Valley League to earn all-conference in coming years. Angelsted co-led the Knights at the HVL conference championship with a 99 and is one of the team’s more devoted golfers.
UP AND COMING
Bray Olson — Olson, a freshman, will be a constant once again in K-W’s top four qualifying scores. He finished fourth on the team at the HVL championship with a 105 and posted nines in the 40s throughout 2017.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Zach Baumgartner — Baumgartner was a multi-year starter who finished second on the team in scoring average.
Seth Kyllo — Kyllo’s scores were regularly counted for K-W last season, including finishing third on the team with a 103 at the HVL championship.
While K-W may not have a birdie machine on its roster, it returns five of seven golfers from 2017. Each of the five are capable of contributing a qualifying score. With Knott as the lone upperclassman on the team, opportunities abound for young team members, including freshman Alec Johnson, to grow into their own.
One of the team’s goals is to move up from 10th place in the HVL.
The Knights have not had any early-season meets canceled, though outdoor practice to date has been minimal. Their season opener is an invitational noon April 17 at Zumbrota Golf Club.
It could be one of the first oportunities to roll putts on grass, which will be a focus of practice when the weather and course conditions improve.
”Putting wise is one of the areas, and most important areas, that we won’t get to until we get out to the course. Once we do, we’ll spend a lot of time on the practice green, of course.” — Jake Wieme