NEWTON - Marshalltown's Cole Stalzer took advantage of an opportunity and made the most of it Thursday during action at the Newton Invitational at Westwood Golf Course.
The Bobcat golfer played on the varsity for the first time this season and finished with a team-best 78 and helped Marshalltown place third overall with a 323.
Stalzer birdied the last two holes on the front nine to finish with a 35 and carded a 43 on the back nine to finish at 78. Senior Connor Johnson also finished with a sub-80 as he carded a 79.
"As a team, it was nice to see the boys bring a positive attitude to the course today, and put a tough day in Ottumwa out of our minds," Marshalltown coach Lucas Johnson said. "I am proud of Cole to go out and shoot 78 in his first match as a varsity golfer.
"With?Michael Schrempf's injury, there are going to be opportunities for guys to break into the varsity lineup. Cole took a big step forward today and hopefully he can keep it going."
Newton won the meet with a 301 as it had three of the top five scores on the day. Devin Shores beat out Austin Shores and James Leonard for medalist honors as all three shot a 75. Also shooting 75 were Southeast Polk's John Hartung and Zak Karns.
Southeast Polk finished in second with a 305. Marshalltown finished 11 shots better than Des Moines Lincoln, while Southeast Polk's JV was fifth, followed by Council Bluffs Lincoln, Marshalltown JV, Newton JV and Des Moines Hoover.
Marshalltown junior Drayton Lents bounced back in a big way, as well, finishing with an 82 after shooting a 100 on Tuesday. Senior Riley Wirth carded an 84, while freshmen Sam Weatherman and Brant McKibben shot 86 and 95, respectively.
The Marshalltown junior varsity was led by Grant Whitmore's 89. Brandi Chaloupek carded an 88, while senior Alex Jensen had a 107 and Hunter Riedl carded a 125.
The Bobcats next play Monday in the Turk Bowman Invitational at the Ames Golf and Country Club. Action starts at 10 a.m.