LIVERMORE - The St. Edmond boys golf team believes the best could be yet to come.
After claiming a district title last week, the Gaels will compete in the Class 2A state meet beginning today at Spring Valley Golf Course.
St. Edmond shot a 322 to advance, and will be joined by South Hamilton, Monroe-PCM, Mount Vernon, Durant, Des Moines Christian and Waterloo Columbus.
"The 2A field is going to be a tough one," SEHS head coach Dan Streit said. "Waterloo Columbus and South Hamilton are both tough teams.
"But, we talked after districts and the entire team still feels like they have yet to shoot their best rounds. Maybe, with Spring Valley being a course they have played numerous times, this could be that time."
Eddie Doyle has been in the No. 1 position for much of the year for the Gaels, followed by Michael Faiferlick. Doyle, a junior, shot a 78 to pace St. Edmond at districts, while Faiferlick added an 81.
"Eddie and Michael have been very consistent for us," Streit said. "It seems like we can always count on them for low scorers."
Freshman Robert Flattery and senior David Flattery, who are brothers, have provided excellent rounds as well this year. Junior Cal Coleman and ninth-grader Harrison Mayer round out the varsity lineup.
St. Edmond will be competing at the state meet as a team for the first time since 2004. They finished third that year, Streit's first as head coach.
"We are all excited to be going back (to state)," Streit said. "Now, we'll just take it hole-by-hole and see where we wind up."
Of the district team totals, the 322 shot by the Gaels placed them fourth. Waterloo Columbus had a 300 behind Zach Ward's 73, while South Hamilton carded a 306 and Monroe-PCM had a 309.