Marshalltown golfer Connor Johnson lost medalist honors on a cardback, and the Bobcats shot a 169 on Thursday during action against West Des Moines Valley at Elmwood Country Club.
The Tigers, who used junior varsity players to fill their varsity lineup, ended up one shot better in the end though, beating the Bobcats 168-169.
"Any time a dual comes down to one stroke, you have to go back to the short game," Marshalltown coach Lucas Johnson said. "We'll definitely be putting in a lot of time on the practice green as we head into the home stretch of the season."
Coach Johnson said the Tigers varsity were leaving for a weekend tournament at 5:45 a.m. today and may not have brought their varsity to Marshalltown on Thursday. Still, the Bobcats put together a good performance on their home course.
"Connor and Riley (Wirth) both got off to a strong start playing together as No. 1 and No. 2," Coach Johnson said. "Connor continued his team-leading play. And he could have been even lower if not for one loose shot on No. 7 that went out of bounds. Riley had an up and down, and I know he is looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow to show what he's capable of."
Connor Johnson tied with West Des Moines Valley's Spencer Mauk with a 39, but Mauk won medalist honors due to a cardback.
The other three counting scores for Marshalltown were Wirth's 43, Brant McKibben's 43 and Drayton Lents and Brandin Chaloupek both had 44s. Sam Weatherman carded a 45 as well.
"Brant played one of his best ball striking rounds of the year," Coach Johnson said. "If he can get his putter going, he'll be in good shape."
The Tigers came out on top because Colby Turnquist shot a 42.
The Marshalltown junior varsity was led Cole Stalzer and Grant Whitmore, who both finished with 48s. The Bobcat JV finished with a 195 on the day. Valley's other team shot a 178.
The Bobcats will stay in town this weekend at play in the Joe August Invitational at Elmwood County Club on Friday. Action begins at 10 a.m. and other teams in town will be Ames, Ankeny, Fort Dodge, Des Moines Roosevelt, Indianola, Mason City, Newton, Ottumwa and Urbandale.
Marshalltown heads out of town Monday to play in the Valley Classic at Briarwood beginning at 10 a.m.