If you follow high school golf in Lincoln, you might find it hard to believe that Lincoln East standout Steve Strasheim is only a junior. He has accomplished a lot in just two seasons, most notably playing a key role on a Class A state championship team last year.
The combination of talent and experience has boosted Strasheim to the top of the lineup this spring.
“I do not have any seniors on the team,” said Spartans coach Chad Geiger, “so I lean a lot on Steve to guide our team in the right direction. Steve has a great depth of knowledge. I know players can get tired of hearing me talk. That's why I will turn an idea over to Steve to get it across to our team.”
Strasheim welcomes the role.
“This spring, my main goal is to try to lead the Spartans to another state championship. We have to make up some ground for the two seniors who left – Harrison Clanton and Patrick Clare.”
Strasheim has been the Spartans’ No. 2 player the last two years, behind Clare, who is now a Husker after winning the Class A individual title in 2017.
“He was a really good leader,” Strasheim said. “He was a great mentor to me in showing me how to carry myself.”
Strasheim won the LPS Championship as a freshman and finished second by a stroke in that event last year. He won a district title with a 71 in Columbus last year.
“It was a really nasty day,” he said. “I just happened to be hitting it well.”
The Spartans have two other talented juniors who are sure to be key members of the squad this spring.
“I have two other players returning from our state championship team – juniors Connor Vandewege and Hunter Hall,” Geiger said. “Both of these players have gotten even better than last year and are extremely focused on winning.”
Strasheim has had that focus for many years. He started playing golf at a very young age, and he did not hesitate when asked who it was that got him interested in the game.
“My dad (Steve). Definitely my dad,” he said. “My dad is the reason I am in golf right now.”
Off the course, Strasheim is interested in wood working. He is part of an advanced cabinet making class at East. He said he also has an interest in psychology and sports management, and those fields are possible majors when he gets to college, where he also hopes to continue his golf career.
“Steve has extremely high expectations,” Geiger said, “and that's why I expect him to be very successful this year.”