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Davis has career day against Valley

T-R PHOTO ANDREW ABADIE - Marshalltown senior Cole Davis taps in his birdie putt on the par-3 12th hole at Elmwood Country Club during Tuesday’s dual meet with West Des Moines Valley. Davis shot a medalist round of 4-under-par 66 to lead the Bobcats.

For the eighth time in Cole Davis’ high school career, the senior shot under 70 to add to his program record for the Marshalltown boys golf team.

On Tuesday at Elmwood Country Club, Davis carded a 4-under-par round of 66 in which he carded five birdies on the day and came away as the medalist in the Bobcats’ dual meet against Valley.

“Cole Davis showed why he is one of the top players in the state,” head coach Lucas Johnson said. “It’s the course that he grew up and learned to play on, so it’s no surprise to see him put together a great score. It’s not often you see a score in the 60s in high school golf, but when Cole is striking like he was today he makes the game seem awfully simple.”

Despite Davis’ effort, the Bobcats fell short of the Tigers, losing 296-309.

“With the rains this morning, Elmwood played much softer and the greens were very receptive to iron shots which made it a good day for scoring,” Johnson said. “Whenever a team cracks the 300 number in high school, you know they’re playing well so we’ve got to give credit to Valley’s players on a solid team score. As the sun came out and the winds picked up, it made club selection a bit tougher on the back nine, but nothing our guys aren’t used to.”

T-R PHOTO ANDREW ABADIE - Marshalltown’s Owen Chaloupek chips onto the ninth green during Tuesday’s dual meet against Valley at Elmwood Country Club.

Valley’s Jack Temme was the meet runner-up with his even-par 70, while John Boettcher was third overall with a 72. Jai Mukraj and Lucas Stedman both posted a 77 to round out the scoring for Valley.

For the Bobcats, Grant Greazel shot a 76 while Colin Schmit and Owen Chaloupek posted an 80 and 87, respectively. Rounding out the back end for Marshalltown were Drake Polley, who shot an 88, and Luke Sponsler, who carded a 98.

“Owen Chaloupek, Drake Polley and Luke Sponsler have gotten a true introduction to varsity golf and that will only help them moving forward,” Johnson said. “Meets against high-caliber opponents like the Valleys and Waukees of the CIML helps them to see where they can take the next step forward in their games.”

Notably, Marshalltown will regain Mason Reid who was ineligible for the first three meets of the season.

“Getting Mason Reid back the fold is only going to make our squad stronger,” Johnson said. “He’s a player with two state tournaments under his belt and he knows what it takes to compete at the highest level in 4A golf.”

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“Overall, I feel like we’ve seen improvement each meet and are getting players valuable varsity reps. These next two weeks until our next competitive date will give us a good opportunity to grow and improve moving forward.”

The Bobcats will return to action on Sept. 3 in a dual meet against Southeast Polk at the Copper Creek Golf Course.

Valley 296, Marshalltown 309

At Marshalltown

Elmwood Country Club, par 70

Medalist — Cole Davis, MHS, 66; Runner-up — Jake Temme, VAL, 70.

VALLEY (296) — Temme 70, John Boettcher 72, Jai Mukraj 77, Lucas Stedman 77, Eli Stahl 78, Jared Chmelka 86.

MARSHALLTOWN (309) — Davis 66, Grant Greazel 76, Colin Schmit 80, Owen Chaloupek 87, Drake Polley 88, Luke Sponsler 98.

VALLEY JV (325) — Mason Lind 80, Jack Leyhe 80, Ethan Tuttle 81, Dylan Majeres 84, Andrew William 85, Jason Mercado 93.

MARSHALLTOWN JV (459) — Cael Sandvick 99, Alonzo Ceren 112, Dane Hansen 123, Tristan Bailey 125, Dawson Shipley 125, Hunter Block 140.