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Conditions, injuries force MHS golfers to 9th place

September 18, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

ANKENY - A downpour of rain and a drizzle of injury made for a long day on the links for the Marshalltown boys' golf team.

The Bobcats came in ninth out of 10 teams at the Valley Classic on Monday at Briarwood Golf Course, posting a 365 total with one of their top players withdrawing due to a pre-existing injury.

MHS senior Riley Wirth was forced to finish his round early because of a left wrist injury that came on during Friday's Joe August Invite, and his potential score was sorely missed.

Junior Connor Johnson shot 85 and freshman Sam Weatherman carded an 86 to lead the Bobcats, whose team total was its second-highest of the fall.

"It was a tough day for us all around," said MHS head coach Lucas Johnson. "Riley had to withdraw because of pain in his wrist. It was hindering him for the last few holes last week but he thought he could make it work today."

"It takes an added level of mental toughness to score in the conditions we saw today," Coach Johnson added. "It was the coldest, windiest, wettest day we've seen this year. The majority of the round was played in a downpour. Considering the conditions, Connor and Sam posted respectable rounds."

Brant McKibben finished in with a 94 and Brandin Chaloupek's 100 rounded out the team score for MHS. Cole Stalzer also shot a 114.

The Bobcats have been without leading scorer Michael Schrempf since he suffered a broken hand in Marshalltown's Aug. 24 football victory over Pella.

Dowling Catholic and Waukee tied for the low score of the day with a 311, and the Maroons claimed the team title on a fifth-score tiebreaker. Host Valley was third (317).

Ames (324), Johnston (334), Ankeny (337), Newton (343) and Mason City (350) also finished in front of the Bobcats, while Urbandale (390) was a distant 10th.

Waukee's Grant Campbell claimed medalist honors with his 71, followed by Valley's Jeff Swegle (73).

Marshalltown jumps right back into action today with the Southeast Polk Invite at 9 a.m. at Copper Creek, though Coach Johnson did not expect Wirth to make the trip.

"We've hit a rough patch with injuries and we're hoping we can get healthy and back to full strength to put on a strong showing at the conference and district meets."



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