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Bobcat boys golfers take third at Mark Mann Invite

August 21, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

MASON CITY - Senior Riley Wirth and freshman Sam Weatherman both turned in season-best scores Monday as the Marshalltown boys' golf team placed third in the Mark Mann Golf Invitational.

Wirth tied a season-best with a 77 to lead the Bobcats, who finished with a 317 on the day. Mason City was second with a 310, while Waterloo West carded a 298 to run away with the team title. The tournament took place at Highland Park Golf Course.

"We got off to a fast start and had some great rounds going early," MHS golf coach Lucas Johnson said. "We lost a few shots on the way in, but overall I'm happy to see us starting to gain some consistency."

After Wirth's 77, senior Connor Johnson fired a 79 and Weatherman's season best was an 80. Sophomore Michael Schrempf carded an 81 for the final counting score. Freshman Brant McKibben turned in an 86 and senior Alex Jensen had a 91.

"With firm fairways and soft greens, it was an ideal day for scoring," Coach Johnson said.

Waterloo West had the top two individual golfers on the day. Austin Jackson won medalist honors with a 73, while Sam Richter carded a 74. Mason City's Jared Rowe had a 74 and Waterloo West's Collin Trenkamp turned in a 75. Newton's Austin Shores also finished strong, ending the day with a 76.

Newton was fourth in the team standings, three shots behind the Bobcats. Fort Dodge (334), Des Moines Lincoln (367) and Des Moines East (378) rounded out the rest of the field.

Marshalltown does not play again until September 4 when it travels to the Ottumwa Invitational. That will give Coach Johnson a chance to work on some of his team's weaknesses.

"We have quite a few days off until we play again, so it'll be nice to have some time to work on honing our short games in practice," he said.



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