PLEASANT HILL - The scores were collectively better, and so was the final standing for the Marshalltown boys' golf team.
The Bobcats shaved 16 strokes off their round from a day earlier, finishing with a 334 team total and a sixth-place finish at the Southeast Polk Invitational Tuesday at Copper Creek Golf Course.
Waukee was, yet again, a runaway winner with its 290 team total - just 6-over. Ottumwa took second with a 300, Dowling Catholic was third (302), Johnston was fourth (311) and the host Rams came in fifth (312).
Waukee's four scoring golfers all shot 76 or better, led by medalist Parker Howe's 1-under 70 and Tripp Kennedy's even-par 71.
Michael Schrempf shot a 6-over-par round for the second day in a row, leading the Bobcats with his 77.
"Michael had another solid round," said MHS coach Lucas Johnson. "He putted the ball well, too, but it was just one of those days where everything seemed to burn the edge or lip out. It made for a lot of easy tap-in pars, though, which is always good."
Southeast Polk Invitational
At Pleasant Hill
Copper Creek Golf Course, par 71
Team Standings - 1. Waukee 290, 2. Ottumwa 300, 3. Dowling Catholic 302, 4. Johnston 311, 5. Southeast Polk 312, 6. Marshalltown 334, 7. Indianola 335, 8. Newton 336, 9. Ankeny 346.
Individual (top 6) - 1. Parker Howe, WAU, 70; 2. (tie) Tripp Kinney, WAU, 71; Matthew Walker, OTT, 71; 4. John Stroud, DC, 72; 5. Connor Littlefield, WAU, 73; 6. Alex Burns, JHN, 75.
MARSHALLTOWN (334) - Michael Schrempf 77, Connor Johnson 82, Sam Weatherman 86, Brandin Chaloupek 89, Beau Ragland 89, Brant McKibben 91.
The greatest change from the day before was Connor Johnson's round of 82 - 13 strokes better than Monday's visit to the Valley Classic. Sam Weatherman's 86 was 10 shots better than the round at Briarwood.
Brandin Chaloupek and Beau Ragland both contributed an 89 to the team scoring, and Brant McKibben's 91 wasn't far off the pace.
"I thought we bounced back well today against a competitive field," Coach Johnson added. "Before the round we stressed the importance of hitting irons off the tees on the tighter holes and sacrificing distance for control. For the most part we avoided the crooked numbers that hurt our round (Monday)."
Marshalltown's 334 total was 22 shots off Southeast Polk in fifth place, but one shot ahead of Indianola and two in front of Newton. Ankeny came in ninth with a 346.
The Bobcats close out the week on Thursday with a 3 p.m. dual meet at home against Ankeny Centennial at Elmwood Country Club. The Central Iowa Conference meet is slated for Oct. 2 at The Legacy Golf Club in Norwalk.