AMES - Back at full strength, the Marshalltown girls' golf team took another step forward on some tough terrain.
Katie Lynch scored a ninth-place finish in her season debut and Ashley Harris led the way in seventh as the Bobcats placed fourth (399) out of nine squads in the Turk Bowman Invite Monday at Veenker Memorial Golf Course.
Class 5A defending state champ Waukee cruised to the team title at 359, finishing 26 strokes ahead of runner-up Nevada (385). Ottumwa (393) edged Marshalltown by six strokes to secure third.
Nevada's Christine Ausman shot a 9-over 82 to capture medalist honors, while Ankeny Centennial's Karli Kerrigan was a stroke back for runner-up.
Harris propelled MHS with a 93, Lynch carded a 94 and Madison Sogge took 13th with a 98.
"Veenker is the most demanding course we play all year without question," MHS coach Lucas Johnson said. "To have three girls finish in the top-13 of the field is great for our program."
Turk Bowman Invite
Veenker Memorial Golf Course, par 73
Team Standings - 1. Waukee 359, 2. Nevada 385, 3. Ottumwa 393, 4. Marshalltown 399, 5. Mason City 414, 6. Ames 431, 7. Ankeny Centennial 433, 8. Fort Dodge 478, 9. Des Moines Roosevelt 501.
Medalist - Christine Ausman, Nevada, 82; Runner-up - Karli Kerrigan, Ankeny Centennial, 83.
Shelby Brennecke completed the team score with a 114, two strokes ahead of Niccole Wolken. Lynch's instant impact in the lineup is another good omen for the Bobcats moving forward.
"I'm happy for Katie Lynch to come out in her first competitive meet of the season and have a top-10 finish," Johnson said. "She drove the ball well and put herself in good scoring positions throughout the day. Having her back in the lineup makes a strong team even stronger as we head down the stretch."
Central Iowa Conference Northern Division foes Mason City (414), Ames (431) and Fort Dodge (478) finished fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively, in the field.
Marshalltown returns to CIC Northern Division action against the Mohawks today at Mason City Country Club.