Bobcat boys golf coach Lucas Johnson believed his interchangeable front four would pay off at some point this season.
The dividends are already rolling in.
Spurred by three 38s on the front nine, the Marshalltown boys' golf team overcame some turbulence after the turn to hold off Ames 320-331 in the 2013 opener at Elmwood Country Club on Friday.
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Marshalltown’s Michael Schrempf hits out of the sand on the 14th hole at Elmwood Country Club Friday. Schrempf carded an 80 as the Bobcats defeated Ames 320-331 in their season opener.
Brant McKibben paced the Bobcats' balanced attack firing an 8-over 78 for runner-up honors with his three scoring teammates all within four strokes. McKibben turned in a 38 before the turn, while Michael Schrempf (38-42-80), Connor Johnson (38-42-80) and Sam Weatherman (41-41-82) completed the top quartet.
"Brant benefited from some excellent shots in tight where he was able to make birdie," Johnson said.
"In having four guys that can be our leader any given day, it relieves a lot of pressure off any one of them. Our depth is going to be a real benefit this season."
Marshalltown 320, Ames 331
Elmwood Country Club, par 70
Medalist - Connor Power, Ames, 73; Runner-up - Brant McKibben, MHS, 78.
MARSHALLTOWN (320) - Brant McKibben 38-40-78, Michael Schrempf 38-42-80, Connor Johnson 38-42-80, Sam Weatherman 41-41-82, Brandin Chaloupek 47-44-91, Cody Mead 46-50-96.
AMES (331) - Connor Power 37-36-73, Tyler Wierson 41-43-84, David Wallace 40-47-87, Rylan Rudd 42-45-87, Luke Lenhart 43-46-89, Nick Kyras 50-48-98.
Ames' Connor Power followed his 37 with a 36 on the back nine to claim medalist honors at 3-over 73, though the next Little Cyclone - Tyler Wierson - was 11 strokes back at 84. David Wallace and Rylan Rudd each carded 87s to round out the visitors' tally.
Brandin Chaloupek (47-44-91) and Cody Mead (46-50-96) also represented the Bobcats (1-0, 1-0), who travel to Fort Dodge Monday for another Central Iowa Conference Northern Division dual.
"Getting that first 'W' under our belt right away is fantastic," said Johnson, whose squad led by five through nine holes before extending it another six strokes despite some struggles at No. 14.
"We got off to a solid start on the front nine. We ran into a bit of trouble on the back nine, especially 14, but the boys did a nice job keeping their composure and not letting some errant shots derail their round."
The Bobcats' top four shot a combined 6-over on 14, but rebounded down the stretch.
Led by Eric Steyer's 84, the Little Cyclones' JV trumped Marshalltown 369-410. Beau Ragland paced the Bobcats turning in a 49-50-99.
The Bobcats battle the Dodgers at Fort Dodge Country Club Monday at 3:30 p.m.
The Bobcats' other contributing JV scores included Ben Snyder (100), Tyler Baccam (104) and Hunter Riedl (107). Nate Harris (108) and Michael Snyder (109) were close behind.