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Penalties plague Bobcats at Ram Invite

September 19, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

PLEASANT HILL - Playing in its fourth meet in six days, the Marshalltown boys' golf team is ready for a little fine-tuning.

MHS coach Lucas Johnson said his Bobcats had too many penalty strokes Tuesday during action at the Southeast Polk Invitational at Copper Creek Golf Course.

Marshalltown fired a 357, which was good enough for 13th place overall. Ottumwa won the meet with a 301, while Ankeny and Dowling Catholic both finished with a 308.

"We had too many penalty strokes that led to big scores," Johnson said. "After four meets in six days, it'll be good for us to spend some time on the practice range and putting green as we head into the home stretch of the season."

Sophomore Brandin Chaloupek and freshman Sam Weatherman both fired 88s to lead the Bobcats on the day. Junior Connor Johnson shot an 89 and the fourth scorer was Cole Stalzer's 92. Brant McKibben and Drayton Lents also played on varsity and finished with a 93 and 95, respectively.

The Waukee varsity was fourth with a 313 and the Warrior junior varsity was next at 321. Southeast Polk and Johnston both shot a 323 in sixth and seventh, while the Dowling Catholic JV and Newton's varsity both shot a 325 in eighth and ninth.

Fact Box

Ram Invitational

At Pleasant Hill

Copper Creek Golf Course, par 71

Team Standings - 1. Ottumwa 301, 2. Ankeny 308, 3. Dowling Catholic 308, 4. Waukee 313, 5. Waukee JV 321, 6. Southeast Polk 323, 7. Johnston 323, 8. Dowling JV 325, 9. Newton 325, 10. Southeast Polk JV 341, 11. Indianola 343, 12. Johnston JV 354, 13. Marshalltown 357, 14. Indianola JV 386, 15. Ankeny JV 388, 16. Marshalltown JV 422.

Individual (top 10) - 1. Matthew Walker, OTT, 68; 2. (tie) Andrew Huseman, ANK, 74; Griffin Matthias, ANK, 74; 4. (tie) Joe Wetrich, OTT, 75; Sam DeBartolo, DC, 75; Jon Calhoun, DC, 75; 7. (tie) Devin Shores, NWT, 76; Jacob McKinney, WAU, 76; 9. (tie) Braxton Coble, OTT, 77; Sam Rice, SEP, 77; Grant Smith, JHN, 77.

The Bobcats played without the services of senior Riley Wirth, who was battling an injured wrist the past couple of meets. He withdrew from competition on Monday and was not expected to golf Tuesday.

Marshalltown also is playing without sophomore Michael Schrempf, who broke his hand playing in a football game earlier this season. He is expected to be back just in time for district play in early October.

Marshalltown's JV shot a 422 on Tuesday and was led by Alex Jensen's 100 and Beau Ragland's 101.

The Bobcats will have more than a week off before playing in the CIML Conference meet on Sept. 26 at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City.



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