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Sophomore Mark Heinz won the boys championship last year for Stuttgart and is back to defend his title this season.

Sophomore Mark Heinz won the boys championship last year for Stuttgart and is back to defend his title this season. (Axel Kreimeier/Special to Stars and Stripes)

A year after facing off against Mother Nature as well as their fellow competitors, DODEA-Europe golfers will be without one of those adversaries this week.

Weather should not be a hindrance Wednesday and Thursday on the Rheinblick Golf Course in Wiesbaden, Germany. Highs of 72 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit with partly cloudy skies are in the forecast, creating near-perfect conditions on the links.

That leaves the golfers only needing to master the course – something two competitors already have accomplished. Last year’s winners, Stuttgart sophomore Mark Heinz and Kaiserslautern junior Reigen Pezel, will attempt to defend their crowns.

Heinz cruised to last year’s title, jumping out to a seven-point advantage before eventually winning by eight with a total of 84. So far this season, Heinz picked up where he left off, taking the top scores during meets at Vilseck (43) on Sept. 15 and Stuttgart (31) on Sept. 24. The sophomore Panther will be among the favorites in field of 27 on the boys’ side.

Among this year’s qualifiers, Wiesbaden’s Brian Grieve and Lakenheath’s Jonah Rothas have posted the second- and third-highest average scores with 31.1 and 30.7 points, respectively. Naples’ Christian Waldeck (29.7) and Ramstein’s Christian McHugh (29.3) round out the top five.

Pezel, meanwhile, has faced stiff competition from Kaiserslautern sophomore Asia Andrews, last season’s runner-up. Andrews has bested her fellow Raider multiple times already this year. This comes after Pezel rallied on the second day of the 2021 championships to a total of 24, five points ahead of Andrews.

Rota’s Morgan Johnson and Victoria Bonavita and Stuttgart’s Taylor Kreimeier, who also beat Pezel on Sept. 22 at Stuttgart, rate high among this year’s qualifiers.

Ramstein comes in as the defending boys team champion, while Andrews and Pezel will seek to swing Kaiserslautern to another girls title.

The two-day championships use a modified Stableford scoring system that gives those with the fewest strokes the most points.

One year after facing off against Mother Nature as well as their fellow competitors, DODEA-Europe golfers will be without one of those adversaries this week. 

Weather should not a hinderance Wednesday and Thursday on the Rheinblick Golf Course in Wiesbaden, Germany. Highs of 72 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit with partly cloudy skies are in the forecast, creating near-perfect conditions on the links. 

That leaves the golfers only needing to master the course – something two competitors already have accomplished. Last year’s winners, Stuttgart sophomore Mark Heinz and Kaiserslautern junior Reigen Pezel, will attempt to defend their crowns. 

Heinz cruised to last year’s title, jumping out to a seven-point advantage before eventually winning by eight with a total of 84. So far this season, Heinz picked up where he left off, taking the top scores during meets at Vilseck (43) on Sept. 15 and Stuttgart (31) on Sept. 24. The sophomore Panther will be among the favorites in the 27-man field on the boys side. 

Among this year’s qualifiers, Wiesbaden’s Brian Grieve and Lakenheath’s Jonah Rothas have posted the second- and third-highest average scores with 31.1 and 30.7 points, respectively. Naples’ Christian Waldeck (29.7) and Ramstein’s Christian McHugh (29.3) round out the top five. 

Pezel, meanwhile, has faced stiff competition from Kaiserslautern sophomore Asia Andrews, last season’s runner-up. Andrews has bested her fellow Raider multiple times already this year. This comes after Pezel rallied on the second day of the 2021 championships to a total of 24, five points ahead of Andrews. 

Rota’s Morgan Johnson and Victoria Bonavita and Stuttgart’s Taylor Kreimeier, who also beat Pezel on Sept. 22 at Stuttgart, rate high among this year’s qualifiers. 

Ramstein comes in as the defending boys team champion, while Andrews and Pezel will seek to swing Kaiserslautern to another girls title. 

The two-day championships use a modified Stableford scoring system that gives those with the fewest strokes the most points. 

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Matt is a sports reporter for Stars and Stripes based in Kaiserslautern, Germany. A son of two career Air Force aircraft maintenance technicians, he previously worked at newspapers in northeast Ohio for 10 years and is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

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