Five letter winners were slated to return for the Pella High varsity golf team this season.
Coach Bob Fessler was preparing for his 26th season of coaching overall. Ten of them have been with the Pella Little Dutch boys’ golf team.
Four of the five lettermen for the Dutch were seniors, John Oltman, Luke Galeazzi, Trey Wood and Colin Henry. The other letterman was sophomore Will Simpson.
Oltman, Galeazzi, Wood and Simpson were all-conference performers in the past and played at State in 2019. Henry also played on Pella’s 6th place team at State last year.
Ethan Gordon was the lone Pella player, who played at State, that the Dutch lost to graduation.
Pella turned in a sparkling record of 86-11 a year ago. It was a season where Pella won the Little Hawkeye Conference crown in addition to qualifying District and Sectional titles.
Pella finished 2019 ranked No. 3 in Class 3A.
Coach Fessler picked Norwalk, Grinnell and Dallas Center-Grimes as the top potential challengers to the Dutch in repeating as league champions.
The 2020 season had plenty of promise to it.