OTTUMWA - There's no use trying to guess who will lead the Marshalltown girls' golf team in a given meet.
Whether or not the Bobcats will perform up to par, however, is a much larger quandary.
MHS took third at the 10-team Corky Nydle Invitational meet Thursday at the Ottumwa Country Club, led for the first time this season by Lora Collison.
The senior scored an 89 on the par-71 course to share in a four-way tie for fourth place overall. Collison is the fourth player to post Marshalltown's top score this spring.
Ames was led by the top two finishers in Erica Thompson and Katie Purcell, who shot 79 and 82 respectively to lead the Little Cyclones to a 348 team score and first place overall.
Host Ottumwa was second at 372, followed closely by head coach Linda Bloom's Bobcats at 375. Norwalk was nearly 20 strokes back in fourth (393).
"This is one of the harder courses we've played, but we left a ton of strokes on the course today," said Bloom, who was coached by Nydle in her high school playing days. "Lora Collison was on almost all the greens in regulation but three-putted way too many times. She said she missed 12 putts from inside five feet that she should have made."
Emily Gray carded a 90, Annie Dull shot 97 and Emily Allison a 99 to round out the Marshalltown scoring. Staci Hillygus finished in with a 103 and Lauren Mason a 106.
"We have a variety of different maladies all of the sudden," Bloom said. "We really need to work on parts of our own game that need improvement, and it's different for everyone, but we really need to do that if we're going to do well at the end of the season."
The Bobcats get a week off before playing host to Ames at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course on May 14.