Mustangs, Trojans come up short
East and West Marshall girls’ golf teams unable to advance through postseason opener
STATE CENTER — As the scorekeepers tallied up the incoming cards, there just appeared to be too many big numbers on those of East and West Marshall golfers Monday at Lincoln Valley Golf Course.
As the team totals got higher and higher, and by the time the last nine holes were counted, the Mustangs’ and Trojans’ fates were sealed.
East Marshall posted a 434 team score for third place and West Marshall was just behind with a fourth-place 438, and both schools failed to advance to Monday’s final round of regional qualifying golf. East Marshall’s Tylyn Eicher led all area golfers with a 99, shooting 51 on her front nine and coming back with a 48 on her back.
East Marshall head coach Denny Allen said chipping and putting is where the Mustangs found their big numbers, but coming out third in a regional of eight teams was alright by Allen.
“Obviously, scores weren’t where we wanted them to be, but coming out and looking at Kuemper [Catholic] and PCM, there are some good schools here,” Allen said. “Coming out third, we felt pretty good about that. We would’ve liked to be a little bit lower, but I’m pretty proud of how the girls played.”
Kuemper Catholic and PCM were the two teams moving on to Monday’s final regional round at the 5 by 80 Golf & Country Club in Menlo. The Knights shot a regional-winning 373 and PCM was in with a 395. PCM’s Bre Maher was the tournament champion with a medalist score of 84.
Both Kuemper Catholic and PCM had the five low scores, filling up the individual qualifier spots as well. Eicher wasn’t too far off with her 99, as Katie Schweers (KC) shot a 95 for the fifth and final qualifying spot.
“She’s been driving pretty good,” Allen said of Eicher. “One of the things [she’s been doing well] has been longer drives here at the end of the season. That’s helped her get one less stroke she has to take every hole. She’s just swinging her driver a lot better. It’s down the middle of the fairway, 50 yards farther. It’s unfortunate she couldn’t make it, just right there in seventh.”
The Mustangs’ No. 1 Bobbi Amendt had what Allen said were some “hiccup holes” that led to her 117. She ended up scoring because of a disqualification of Tiffany Thompson. The senior signed an incorrect scorecard, negating her 110 score. It wasn’t low enough to send the Mustangs to state over PCM, but did sting a bit as her score would’ve counted.
Amanda Paxton came in with a 104 for East Marshall and Jazzy Leavy posted 114 to be the third scorer for the Mustangs.
West Marshall had similar woes, finding too many big numbers to overcome, leading to a fourth-place eliminating round of 438 on Monday. The Trojans were led by Brooke Snider who shot 108 (53-55) and Karissa Blocker’s 109 (57-52).
West Marshall head coach Kim Tarbell said the chipping and putting were also where the Trojans lost ground on their competition.
“A lot of them played better on the second nine though,” Tarbell said. “So, at least they calmed down and shot better. And I get most of them back. The top four, even though they see it as their long shots, to me, it’s their chipping and putting that’s hurting them. They just need to spend more time around the greens.”
Senior Rosie Dawley scored third for West Marshall, shooting a 110 and Whitney Edler posted a 112 to be the fourth and final scorer for the Trojans.
Tarbell said she’s got high hopes for her team next year. Another year of experience and another offseason of work could pay dividends for a team that returns five of its six varsity golfers, with three of them being freshmen.
“I just lose Rosie, so I should get all five of them back, as long as they come out,” Tarbell said. “I expected right around 210-220 for nine holes, so not totally disappointed. Would’ve liked them to start out a little stronger, but what can you do. As long as you don’t get upset and get worse … at least they stuck with it and got better.”
Tarbell said Edler’s 111 was one of her best scores of the year. She’ll be one of the three returning freshmen next year.
Other 2A regionals
The BCLUW girls’ golf team will be advancing to the final round of their 2A region, as they were second place Monday at the Woodward Golf and Country Club, posting a team score of 401.
The South Hamilton girls edged out the Comets by a stroke, scoring 400 to win the regional in Woodward.
Mackenzie Trinkle shot the low area score with a 96, placing third individually. Lauren Anderson and Katie Garber each posted 101 and Bailey Ashton shot a 103 to round out scoring for the Comets.
BCLUW will play in Winterset on Monday at the Winterset Country Club, teeing off at 9 a.m.
The Grundy Center girls also advanced as a team, placing second with a 415 in Nashua on Monday.
Reagan Derrick had the low score of 99 to place fourth Monday, helping lead the Spartans back to the regional final at Rice Lake Golf Course in Lake Mills. Abby Hockemeyer shot a 103, Sarah Hockemeyer shot 106 and Frannie Brown posted 107 for the Spartans’ top four scorers.
1A individual qualifiers
Four area individuals will be advancing on their own to Monday’s regional final meet.
AGWSR was fourth at their regional first round meet in Britt, scoring 424 as a team. Mandy Willems and Molly Abkes both shot 98s and tied for fifth, sending them both on to the next round of qualifying.
The two AGWSR golfers will play at Spring Valley Golf Course in Livermore on Monday, vying for a shot at the state tournament.
North Tama will also be sending two individual golfers to the regional final round. Claire Schafer was the individual medalist with a 92, and Olivia Schrier was runner-up with a 96 to advance individually at the Region 4A in Tripoli.
The two Redhawks will play Monday at Little Bear Recreation Club in Wyoming, teeing off at 9 a.m.