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Iowa Lakes signs six golf recruits

By Staff | May 7, 2008

Iowa Lakes Community College golf coach Dan Soper has announced the signing of six golf recruits to National Letters of Intent for the 2008-2009 season.

Joining the men’s program are Scott Benson of Jackson, Minn.; AJ Appel of Joice; Joel Keady of Orange City; and Jarvis Weber of Welcome, Minn. Joining the women’s program are Katie Heddinger of Emmetsburg; and Lauren Hartman of Northwood.

Benson, coming into his senior year has been a four-time state participant for Jackson County Central and has finished as high as third individually at the Minnesota State Tournament.

“I have known Scott for several years since he first starting playing junior golf,” said Soper. “Scott is a tremendous player and competitor, who has earned numerous honors in golf,” said Soper. “He has a great deal of competitive experience and will make an immediate impact in Region XI.”

Appel has been an all Conference performer for three years for Lake Mills High School and was also named North Iowa Junior Tour Player of the year in 2005.

“AJ has continued his great play and is having a great senior year on the links,” Soper said. “He has a great swing and passion for the game and I expect him to be a solid performer for us over the next two years.”

Keady has been an all Siouxland Conference performer and also part of MOC Floyd Valley Conference championship teams in 2006 and 2007.

“Joel is also having a very good senior year and has shown great strides in his game,” said Soper. “Joel is a very good ball striker and as he gains more experience will develop into a very good player.”

Weber, is a three-time all conference performer, 2007 section Medalist for Martin County West High School and a two-time state participant heading into his senior year. “Jarvis is a great competitor and leader,” said Soper. “He has played really well this spring and I expect him to step in right away and contribute to our program’s success.”

Heddinger is an all Lakes conference performer for Emmetsburg and Coach Ted Riley. “Katie has a very solid fundamental swing and is capable of shooting low scores,” said Soper. “She will step in and make a very positive impact on our women’s program.”

Hartman has earned 2005 newcomer of the year and 2006 and 2007 MVP honors for the girls program at Northwood-Kensett High School. “Lauren has been very active in many ventures in high school and I really like her work ethic,” Soper said. “She is very coachable and I believe her best golf is ahead of her.”

These young men and women will be joining an Iowa Lakes program whose men’s program has set an all time match victories record this year and a women’s program that finished third in Region XI and qualified their 20th National individual qualifier under Soper.