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Spartans stand second at halfway point

May 30, 2012
By TRAVIS HINES - T-R Sports Writer ( , Times-Republican

ADEL - The scores? A little higher than anticipated.

The spot on the leaderboard? As high as could be hoped for.

Grundy Center turned in less-than-ideal individual scores, but teamed up to take control of second place in the team race after one day of action at the Class 1A Iowa Girls State Golf Tournament.

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Grundy Center’s Lindsay Freeman putts on the 18th green at River Valley Golf Club on Tuesday during the first round of the Class 1A Iowa Girls State Golf Tournament in Adel.

The Spartans enter today's final round with 14 strokes of separation from third-place Valley Community after shooting a combined 374.

Defending champion Bishop Garrigan again appears to be running away with a title, shooting a 343 on Day 1, after clearing the field by more than 60 strokes a year ago.

"I'm happy with the results of where we stand with how we played," said Spartans head coach Rick Schupbach. "We knew Bishop Garrigan, and what they had coming back from last year and how handily they handled 1A (last year), were going to be head and shoulders above everybody else unless they struggled and we really played lights out.

"Realistic goal for us is second and the way the day unfolded I wasn't sure that we were going to be in position for that."

"We put ourselves in position to bring home some hardware," he added, "and that's what our goal is at this point."

Grundy Center got a boost from its fifth golfer, Mackenzie Mackie, who fired a 92, second only on the Spartans to Josie McMartin's 90 at the par-72 River Valley Golf Club.

"Mackenzie Mackie was a difference maker for us today," said Schupbach. "We had some difficult situations that occurred with some of our girls and we needed her to come in and she did.

"I'm really pleased that depth that we've been looking for came through today for us."

McMartin is in seventh on the individual leaderboard while Mackie is in 10th as both try to bring a medal back to Grundy Center after an up-and-down season.

"We just kept getting better and better every day," said Mackie. "It was just really exciting that I was able to get my personal best this time of the year for the team."

"(The scores) were definitely higher than we thought," she added, "but we are definitely very satisfied with second place."

Also contending in the 1A individual medal battle is AGWSR's Katie Schachterle.

The senior stands in sixth after firing an 87.

"I want to be top-ten, hopefully," said the senior. "It (would mean) a lot to come to state and get a medal."

Grundy Center's Baylie Wrage shot a 95 while Lindsay Freeman and Hillary Samo both shot 98s. Madison Grineski came in with a 113.

Ankeny Christian's Victoria Grasso, a two-time state champ, leads Class 1A after shooting a 79.

Over in Class 2A, defending state champion Chantel Eicher of East Marshall faces a steep battle to retain her crown after carding an 89, which was good for seventh place on the day.

Beckman's Ellie Ament shot a 75 to best the field by nine strokes after 18 holes.

Eicher's day started with a triple-bogey on 10 and included four double-bogeys as she posted a 48 over her first nine holes.

The senior, however, was able to right the ship to stay in medal contention with a 41 on the front nine. She parred five of her final seven holes to bring some momentum into today.

"I made up for it a little bit," said Eicher, who placed fifth at this same golf course as a sophomore. "It's going to be my last high school meet so I'm just going to have fun and try to stay positive and make it a good one."

Beckman is in control of the team leaderboard after shooting a 349. Ament and teammate Brooke Klosterman (84) are currently first and second on the individual leaderboard.

Play returns today starting at 9 a.m.



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