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A youth movement has taken over the Pleasant Valley boys golf program.

Based on early returns, the rest of the Mississippi Athletic Conference might be looking up at the Spartans on leaderboards for several years to come.

With freshmen Jack Roemer, Jack Dumas and John Logan leading the charge, PV earned its third tournament title and fourth win of the season Wednesday at Duck Greek Golf Course in the 11-team Davenport Assumption Invitational.

The Spartans finished with a season-low 289 total as all six players broke 80.

"It is pretty surprising since we've only played in four varsity tournaments, but I knew we had the talent to go low like this," Logan said.

The freshman trio has competed in junior golf tournaments together the past couple of years. They expected to make an immediate impact.

"It meant a little bit more to beat them than some of the other kids in those tournaments," Dumas said. "We still want to win now, but it is team first."

After shooting 344 and having only one player break 80 in the season opener at Muscatine's Geneva Golf & Country Club, PV has collected wins at Waveland Golf Course in Des Moines (306), Glynns Creek in Long Grove (309) and Duck Creek along with a four-team win at Emeis Golf Course.

Roemer was PV's low performer in Des Moines. Dumas had low honors at Glynns Creek. It was Logan's turn Wednesday.

"I kind of saw the talent in the tournaments because they beat me most of the time," Logan said. "It is certainly cool to have such a young team doing well."

In addition to Logan's 71, Dumas posted 72 while Roemer and Joe Logan had 73.

The Spartans have lofty aspirations beyond winning invitationals and a conference title. They believe district titles and state championships are attainable over the next four seasons.

PV has a new coach this fall in Mike Nedelcoff, a PGA professional.

"If this team can stay consistent, this team can shoot the lowest score at state and win it," John Logan said. "We've got a great coach and he's going to help us continue to get better. We can win state and set some records."

Burlington's Alec Henrich and Davenport Assumption's Griffin Steer joined Logan with 71s for the low score Wednesday. Henrich won medalist honors based on a cardback tiebreaker. Logan was second and Steer third.

Steer's round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 ninth. After a nice drive, he carved a 5-iron from 182 yards to within 5 feet and converted the putt.

"I haven't been playing well the past couple of weeks," Steer said. "I needed a round out here where I can have a lot of wedges and short shots into greens."

Bettendorf was second with a 294 total. The Bulldogs also had six players break 80. Senior Scott Reisen fired a 72, followed by Steven Gottwald and Benny Flanagan each with 73s.

"This will help us to keep moving forward," Reisen said. "We're capable of getting wins."

Dubuque Senior (305), North Scott (312) and Assumption (320) rounded out the top five.


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