Bobcat boys golf bounces back by battering Rams

Mason Reid and Colin Schmit

All it took was one good shot to alter Mason Reid’s outlook on the day, but it still required all six golfers to get Marshalltown the victory it sought.

The Bobcat boys’ golf team collected all the hardware to go with a dual meet victory over Southeast Polk, beating the Rams 315-338 in Friday’s CIML Iowa Conference contest at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course.

Reid claimed meet medalist honors for the first time in his three-year prep career, shooting a 5-over-par 75 to lead Marshalltown (1-1, 1-1) to victory. Freshman Colin Schmit captured runner-up honors in his second varsity meet with a 79, and the Bobcats breezed to their first win of the fall.

“Our guys have been playing an awful lot of competitive golf over the last week and I was glad to see them grind out the round today for the win,” said MHS head coach Lucas Johnson. “Again, we got off to a slow start, but battled back as the day went on.”

Reid opened his round at 6-over through six holes, but threw a dart at the pin on the par-3 seventh that nearly resulted in a hole-in-one. The tap-in birdie propelled him to a stretch of four birdies in his next six holes and he ended the day as the low scorer.

“As a team we talk a lot about staying patient, and Mason Reid did just that coming back from a tough stretch of opening holes,” said Johnson. “That tee shot (on No. 7) turned the tide for him and sometimes all it takes is one swing to change your perspective on the golf course.”

Schmit carded a birdie on the par-4 14th as the highlight on his scorecard and help him contributing to the team’s final total for the first time in back-to-back meets to start the season.

Fellow freshman Grant Greazel finished in with an 80 and junior Lucas Schneider added an 81 to round out the Bobcats’ counting scores. Both Cole Davis and Brent Johnson shot 82.

“To see our two freshmen in Colin Schmit and Grant Greazel come through with counting scores is key knowing that our depth is going to be highly important this season,” Johnson added. “To be competitive at the 4A level, you have to have five or six guys on the varsity capable of shooting a counting score. With our current varsity lineup only having two players with varsity experience, these opening meets are a great opportunity to some players that will pay dividends down the road.

“We know that we will only get stronger as the season goes on.”

The Bobcats dive into invitational action for the first time with Monday’s Linn-Mar meet, which starts at 1:30 p.m. at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion.

Marshalltown 315, Southeast Polk 338

At Marshalltown

American Legion Memorial Golf Course, par 70

Medalist — Mason Reid, MHS, 75; Runner-up — Colin Schmit, MHS, 79.

MARSHALLTOWN (315) — Reid 75, Schmit 79, Grant Greazel 80, Lucas Schneider 81, Cole Davis 82, Brent Johnson 82.

SOUTHEAST POLK (338) — Logan Barnes 81, Calvin McNeeley 83, Jason Hesner 86, Jack Wahman 88, Zach Bianchi 93, Trent Mack 94.