WACONIA – There’s a first for everything.
The one thing missing for the Delano boys golf team the past few seasons has been a conference title. Not anymore. After dominating conference play for the majority of the season, the Tigers put the finishing touches on the conference title at Island View Golf Club Tuesday afternoon.
Delano finished the final round with a team-best score of 315. That was more than enough to have them lock up the conference title as they finished 93 strokes ahead of Mound Westonka to win their first conference title in program history.
“It’s been fun being part of a team deep with talent,” Tigers coach Tory Spanier said. “Island View is a nice course and is always in good condition with some challenging holes. The weather was finally great. The boys continue to fight through some tough holes and scored well.”
Delano’s depth has been a big key for them all season and it showed in a big way. In the final round of conference play, the Tigers had all six golfers post sub-90 rounds to claim the title.
James Ylitalo led the way carding a round of 76. He was one of four All-Conference award winners for the Tigers as he finished in first place as an individual. He edged New Prague’s Henry Geiger who finished in second place just three shots behind.
“Seeing James take the individual title was great,” Spanier said. “He’s put in a ton of time and work over the years.”
Trevor Oja, Jake Oja, and Jack Horsch also earned All-Conference honors for the Tigers. Trevor Oja finished in fourth place as an individual, while Jake Oka (7th) and Horsch (10th) also cracked the top-12 for Delano.
“It’s awesome seeing Trevor in the top 4 as well,” Spanier said. “H’s been solid in our No. 2 spot for years now, and he’s stepped up, even more, this year with his play. After not having the season he wanted as a sophomore, Jack Horsch has been our most improved this season, and to see him place in the top 10 was great for his confidence moving forward.”
While a conference title is nice, the Tigers have their sights set on bigger goals. They’ll have a few rounds to get ready for the postseason, and they’re looking to make some more noise going forward.
“The boys had a good conference season,” Spanier said. “It’s a great start to the season, but the team has goals of playing well at sections and hopefully advance to state.”
Wright County Conference
at Island View Golf Club
1. Delano, 315
2. Orono, 325
3. Holy Family, 327
4. Waconia, 328
5. Mound Westonka, 329
6. New Prague, 341
7. Hutchinson, 343
8. Jordan, 352
Henry Geiger (New Prague), 72
Delano Team Finishers
• James Ylitalo, 76
• Trevor Oja, 78
• Jake Oja, 80
• Jack Horsch, 81
• Will Scheck, 84
• Joe Scheck, 85
WCC East Team Final Standings
1. Delano, 1,881
2. Mound Westonka, 1,974
3. Orono, 1,986
4. Holy Family, 1,990
5. Waconia, 2,031
6. Hutchinson, 2,048
7. New Prague, 2,049
8. Jordan, 2,159
WCC East Individual Final Standings
1. James Ylitalo (Delano), 378
2. Henry Geiger (New Prague), 381
3. Mitch Kresbach (Mound Westonka), 386
4. Trevor Oja (Delano), 387
5. Gus Leivermann (Waconia), 388
6. Devin Verhasselt (Hutchinson), 393
7. Jake Oja (Delano), 393
8. Matthew Uhas (Mound Westonka), 402
9. Cam Longie (Hutchinson), 404
10. Jack Horsch (Delano), 405
11. Wesley Carlsen (Orono), 406
12. Franz Jevne (Orono), 409