Young Knights golf team seeks improvement under new coach

Although he is in his first year as head coach, Adam Schmidt knows plenty about the Irondale High School boys golf team. That's because he was an assistant under former head coach Ron Olsen for three seasons.

Schmidt inherits a young team that has only three seniors on the roster. Of the players Schmidt expected to be in or around the team's top five, only one was a senior.

"We are a young team, but have some golfers that are on the cusp of being good high school golfers," said Schmidt, who is also the boys hockey coach at Irondale. "I'm looking forward to working with them this season and we'll see where we are at at the end of the year."

Irondale returns three varsity players from last year's team in junior Alvin Barton, senior John Beckman and junior Louie Meysembourg. Also expected to challenge for spots in the varsity lineup are juniors Bennett Puchtel and Jake Fuhr.

"My expectation for our team is to improve all season long and each year," Schmidt said. "I want to turn the Irondale boys golf program into a conference and section contender each year. We will need hard-working, dedicated individuals who love to be at the golf course to accomplish this."

The Knights will get plenty of course time this week with a pair of events on the schedule. Included is the opening Northwest Suburban Conference match of the season on Thursday at the Links at Northfork.

The Northwest Suburban is Irondale’s new conference home and Schmidt anticipates seeing plenty of talent this spring.

"There are 14 teams in the conference, so I expect it to be very competitive," Schmidt said. "I think Elk River, Maple Grove and Spring Lake Park will be the favorites."

Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

2015 Irondale High School boys golf schedule

April 23    NWSC match at Links at Northfork    1 p.m.
April 27    NWSC match at Rush Creek    2 p.m.
May 4    NWSC match at Golden Valley CC    1:30 p.m.
May 5    NWSC match at Loggers Trail    1 p.m.
May 11    Invitational at Purple Hawk    1 p.m.
May 12    NWSC match at Majestic Oaks    1 p.m.
May 14    NWSC match at Victory Links    11 a.m.
May 21    NWSC tournament at Bunker Hills    11:30 a.m.

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