Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


August 17, 2013

Fall preview Wendling, Hearts driving to repeat last year's success

During last year's sectional tournament, then Effingham-sophomore Jackson Wendling picked a bad time to have his worst hole of the season.

Wendling carded a nine on the first hole of the Carbondale sectional on his way to an uncharacteristic 80, missing out on qualifying for the state golf tournament. Effingham finished two points away from qualifying as a team.

Anthony Lechman was the only Heart to make it to state, with Jake Linders losing in a playoff and Wendling's off-hole costing him.

Coach Jeff Schafer isn't sweating it, though, knowing fully what the Flaming Hearts have this year in the now junior Wendling.

"He should rewrite all the records," Schafer said. "He won the conference last year. He's definitely going to be our leader, definitely one of the most talented players around."

The Hearts had their tryouts Thursday night coming off a 15-2 season and a regional title, and Schafer is beginning to set his lineup for Monday's opener at Fox Prarie in Windsor.

Like many things in high school golf, Schafer says the experience Wendling and the Hearts had at the Carbondale sectional will serve as a lesson.

"Looking back at it, it's probably good for Jackson," Schafer said. "Our team had a chance to go to state, Jackson was the key to our success last year all year long. He feels responsible. He had one score above a six all year long (before sectionals). He doesn't have bad holes. I think he'll learn from that."

Wendling shot a 71 at regionals in Effingham, besting the entire field. The team has to replace Lechman, who has moved on to Millikin University, and Anthony Barrett to graduation.

The Hearts will look to Linders to fill the second spot in the lineup. Linders got stronger as the 2012 season went on, and could provide some stablility at the top behind Wendling.

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