Friday, September 18, 2009
Youngest Eckardt adds to family golf tradition at KHS
By Mike Landis
Sports front page article from the Kewanee Star Courier, September 18, 2009
Kewanee, Ill. -
Scan the Kewanee High School golf results over the last decade or so and chances are an Eckardt was playing a prominent role in the team’s success.
That family tradition continues in 2009 as junior Michael Eckardt has emerged as the Boilers’ No. 1 player.
Eckardt nearly won the program’s first-ever Kewanee Invitational tournament Saturday, firing 77 at Baker Park to finish a shot out of the top spot. He eventually placed fourth, losing a scorecard playoff for third, but still played well enough to earn the Star Courier’s Athlete of the Week nod.
Michael is youngest of five Eckardt brothers to play golf for the Boilers. The eldest, Burnie, ran cross country for Kewanee but the next five — Andy, Peter, John, Joey and now Michael — have all played golf at KHS.
“It didn’t come from my parents,” said Michael when asked how the family golf tradition began. He credits Andy with infecting the Eckardt boys with the golf bug.
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