Lakota golfers learn hard lesson

To the Editor:
Recently our son, his dad, and a couple friends looked forward to a golf outing in memory of our good
friend’s beloved son. They lost their son in a tragic accident. Since then, they renamed our church
outing in his memory. They have always dedicated their hearts and souls into making it the best possible
and most enjoyable event. Unfortunately, that hard work could have never prevented the way that day
ended for our son and his friend.
There wasn’t anyone in that group that went to the golf course with purposeful intent to break any rules.
We understand why we have rules and why we have to live by them. We also have never considered ourselves
above the rules and have always strived to live by them.
There was never any intent to go play for the prize. We went to support our church. We paid to play. We
did not turn in our scorecard and did not accept any prizes. We had no idea that this could possibly
break any rules.
After lunch, the boys were approached by another golfer, (who turned out to be the Elmwood Varsity Golf
Coach Nicholas Wenzel). He recognized them as Lakota High School golfers; however he never formally
introduced himself. He simply introduced himself as "a nice guy." He said that if they go out
there, they would be violating an OHSAA rule and could be suspended for 2 matches. But, "he would
never say anything because he is a nice guy." In hindsight, I guess they were about to learn a hard
life lesson: nice guys don’t always tell the truth. Just like a lot of 15 and 16 year olds, they don’t
always make the best decisions. They trusted him and they played.
It sure does make you wonder what his true intentions were by telling them to play. If his intent was to
punish them and hurt their teammates, it worked. The very next morning, two dedicated, hardworking
students were told they had been turned into the state and their season was over.
We have always firmly believed in the importance of athletics as well as academics because of the life
lessons they instill in kids. The lesson our kids learned that day is that not all coaches mean what
they say.
Parents of Those Dedicated Golfers
Jenny Kohler
Denise Gosche
Kansas