By Dave Pearce
The North Posey Lady golf Vikings were probably the favorites heading into the Pocket Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday in Oakland City. But sometimes being the favorite can put a bullseye on your back and you get to see everyone’s best outing when you face them.
But it didn’t really matter on Saturday as the Lady Vikings used an incredibly balanced attack to place all five of their players in the top ten (automatically All Conference performers) and the Vikings ran away with their third straight PAC title, running away from the field with a 341.
“The girls played so well and I am so proud of them,” Wassmer said. “All five of them finished in the top ten. There are seven teams that field a girls’ golf team in the conference.”
“That was really something,” the team’s coach Kevin Wassmer said from Chicago, where he found out on Sunday that he had qualified for match play in the 32nd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Chicago.
Wassmer’s even par 71 on Sunday assured him a spot in Monday’s match play where he was to face off against Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash., at 11:10 a.m. on Monday.
Wassmer said he had been playing a little better lately, claiming his tenth Evansville title just over a week ago.
“This tournament was in Chicago and I could drive to it,” Wassmer explained. “I figured I would try to qualify for it. I went over to St. Louis and played really well.”
The qualifying actually occurred between the two weekend portions of the Evansville City Tournament.
Wassmer said he went to Chicago and played practice rounds on Thursday and Friday and the tournament began on Saturday where Wassmer shot a 75.
But the most crucial test came on Sunday, where Wassmer needed to play well to stay in the running. Of the 264 qualifiers from throughout the United States who played in the event, Wassmer was one of 64 who qualified for match play beginning on Monday.