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Regional Radio Senior Spotlight – Boys Golf: Perryville, Herculaneum

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Perryville Pirates:
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Drew Elder

Elder was set to be a four-year player for the Perryville golf team this spring, having been a member of the varsity squad since his freshman year. He was the team’s top golfer since he arrived on campus and took home All-Conference and All-District honors each of the past three seasons. Elder was a State Qualifier in 2017 and 2018 and finished top five in every tournament he played in as a junior in 2019. He was a leader for the program and someone who motivated the rest of the team to get better. Elder plans to attend Mineral Area College where he will play for the men’s golf team.

Kaden Close

Close was going to be a four-year player for the Pirates golf team this spring and was set to spend his second year with the varsity squad. He consistently improved in his time at Perryville and was always a hard worker who payed attention to detail. Close was a leader for the team and he did so by leading by example. He is undecided on where he will attend college, but he plans to study political science.

Ian Kurre

Kurre was set to be a three-year player for the Perryville golf team this spring and was likely to be an impact player on the varsity level. He was a hard worker at practice and consistently improved year in and year out. Kurre plans to attend State Tech in fall and will join the work force in the future as an automotive technician.

Nick Omelchenko

Omelchenko would have been a three-year player for the Pirates golf team this spring and was poised to play some meaningful golf for the varsity team this season. He made great strides as a player and improved every year. Omelchenko plans to attend Walter State College for two years before transferring to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to study cyber security.

Devin Pittman

Pittman was going to be a three-year player for the Perryville golf team this spring and was one of the hardest workers in the group. He spent a lot of time learning about the game of golf and always found ways to get better year after year.

Interview with Perryville Head Coach – Justin Dreyer:

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Herculaneum Blackcats:
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Justin Placher

Placher was set to be a four-year player for the Herculaneum golf team this spring and has been a solid player for the Blackcats during his tenure. He had great levity and always made practices fun. Placher was a focused player and was always motivated to continue improving. He plans to become a union apprentice with IUOE Local 513 to eventually join the work force as an operating engineer.

Interview with Herculaneum Head Coach – Chris O’Connell:

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