Alone at the top
MHS golf wins CIML Iowa tourney
NORWALK — The Marshalltown golf team ended its regular season schedule the same way it started, with a win at The Legacy Golf Club over Dowling Catholic.
It wasn’t just the Maroons the Bobcats beat on Wednesday though, as MHS won the CIML Iowa Conference Tournament with a team score of 304, just one stroke ahead of Dowling’s 305.
Marshalltown adds the conference tournament title to its conference duals title already won this season, and it exacts a little revenge on the Maroons, who the Bobcats lost the conference tournament title to last season by six strokes.
Marshalltown head coach Lucas Johnson said The Legacy provides a tough challenge for his guys and he is happy to come away with the victory to cap off the regular season.
“A win is always good and on this golf course there is always a hole or two that can jump up and get some one,” Johnson said. “Our guys started off really hot, it was kind of the opposite of what we’ve seen in the last few invites in the sense of today we were fantastic in the first eight holes out, then we hit a rough patch. Holes one through four were tough for the guys, I think one through six we put a lot of big numbers up and that brough everybody back into it.”
Senior Nate Vance and sophomore Cole Davis were the top scorers for the Bobcats, both finishing at an even-par 72. They finished the day tied with Johnston’s Nick Pittman for the top score of the tournament, and Pittman defeated both Davis and Vance in a playoff to come away as the medalist. Davis would finish as runner-up, while Vance took the third-place medal.
Vance actually started his day strong through the first eight holes, but as his coach said The Legacy has a way of evening things out as the round goes along.
“It started out pretty good, I was 4-under through eight and I caught a bad break on four when I made double,” Vance said. “I didn’t any putts coming in for birdies or pars so I finished with an even par, but that was my goal coming in, to shoot a 72 or less, so I will never be upset with finishing with my goal.”
Davis had the opposite round, starting off slowly on the 10th hole but gaining momentum as the day went on.
“I started off bad, I had a nice, high cut into the creek on 10, but I made birdy on the next hole and kind of leveled out from there by making a bunch of pars,” Davis said. “I made a pretty good birdie on six that really got me, I thought I would make one more coming in to maybe beat Vance, but it went well and I thought I played.”
Tate Carlson and JD Pollard rounded out the scoring for Marshalltown with an 80 each, finishing in 13th and 14th respectively. Luke Appel shot an 82 and Mason Reid shot a 91 to finish off the Bobcat rounds.
Johnson said this wasn’t the team’s prettiest win on the year, but in the end they did what they needed to do to beat two good teams in Dowling and Johnston, who finished in second and third respectively.
“Our guys just had to grind it out, in a team sport like golf when you are adding everybody’s holes in together, those one or two shots down the stretch is all it takes,” he said. “I am proud of the way the guys finished, we have some things to work on for Tuesday but over all it’s a good way to end the regular season. A couple conference championship trophies area great confidence boost.”
Now that the regular season is over, the Bobcats set their sights on the district meet, scheduled for next Tuesday at Pheasant Ridge in Cedar Falls. Last season, the Bobcats missed qualifying for state as a team by two strokes at the district meet.
This year’s team is made up of essentially the same parts as last season’s narrow miss, and with a year of experience under their belts and a No. 1 ranking in the state, the Bobcats feel more confident heading into districts this year.
“Today was a good thing because we only won by one, so that keeps us on our heals a little bit,” Vance said. “When we start putting more pressure on ourselves, when we change up our routines, that’s when mistakes are going to be made. If we just go in level headed and just keep everything the same and just go play golf like we’ve been playing the entire season we will be alright.”
Johnson agreed with his senior, saying the team won’t change up its approach much over the next few days of practice before heading to districts.
“I don’t think we have to change anything, I think we have to trust our routines and trust what’s gotten us to this point and know we don’t have to do anything special or do anything different,” he said. “Know that a good day for us will put us in the position that we want to be.”
CIML Iowa Conference
The Legacy Golf Club, par 72
Team Standings — 1. Marshalltown 304, 2. Dowling Catholic 305, 3. Johnston 310, 4. Mason City 331, 5. Urbandale 351, 6. Fort Dodge 397.
Individual (top 10) — 1. Nick Pittman, JHN, 72; 2. Cole Davis, MHS, 72; 3. Nate Vance, MHS, 72; 4. Jake Calhoun, DC, 73; 5. Nick Wegman, DC, 75; 6. Brad Vaith, MC, 76; 7. J.J. Wickman, MC, 77; 8. Jarred Bowser, JHN, 78; 9. Jack Hurley, DC, 78; 10. Caleb Peters, JHN, 79.
MARSHALLTOWN (304) — Davis 72, Vance 72, Tate Carlson 80, JD Pollard 80, Luke Appel 82, Mason Reid 91.
DOWLING CATHOLIC (305) — Calhoun 73, Wegman 75, Hurley 78, Parker Ardary 79, Eddie Bening 80, Ben Freking 85.
JOHNSTON (310) — Pittman 72, Bowser 78, Peters 79, Nathan Petrak 81, Akansh Gupta 82, Brady Green 82.
MASON CITY (331) — Vaith 76, Wickman 75, Pete Stadheim 88, Evan Lynch 90, Tanner Hanson 93, Dylan Pedersen 100.
URBANDALE (351) — Alec Reseland 83, Matt Farrell 88, Ben DeKruyf 89, Alex Thompson 91, Parker Middleswart 92, Grant DeKruyf 93.
FORT DODGE (397) — Isaac Hage 89, Hoo Won 93, Benet Plane 99, Dylan Peterman 116, Chris Hatton 117, Kaleb Anderson 134.