Davis, MHS win Joe August Invite

T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW ABADIE - Marshalltown senior Cole Davis watches his putt on the 12th green during his medalist round of 5-under-par 65 on Friday at the Joe August Invite at Elmwood Country Club.

Cole Davis made the most of his final home meet as a Marshalltown High School golfer, matching his career-best round to lead the Bobcats to their fourth-straight Joe August Invite team title on Friday at Elmwood Country Club.

Davis, a senior, carded a 5-under-par round of 65 — good enough to tie the score he shot as a freshman at the same event in 2016 — to earn medalist honors with the second-best round of fall golf in Bobcat history. He was the third and is now the fourth MHS golfer to shoot 65, which he did when Nate Vance tallied a program-record 63 during the 2016 Joe August Invite.

Sophomore Grant Greazel joined the 60s club with his 1-under 69 to take third place, Mason Reid shot 76 to place 10th and Colin Schmit rounded out the team score with an 80 as the Bobcats totaled 290 to win by a comfortable eight-stroke margin ahead of Ottumwa.

“Prior to 2016 we’d gone a full decade without winning the Joe August, so to take the title for the fourth-straight year is something that means an awful lot,” said MHS head coach Lucas Johnson. “Our guys love Elmwood and most of them have grown up out there, so it’s a special day when they can perform like they did on their home turf.”

Five of the seven lowest rounds of golf in Marshalltown High School history have come in the Joe August Invite, and three of them (65, 65, 66) belong to Davis. He had seven birdies — six of them on par-4s — to help atone for one double bogey, the only flaw on his scorecard being that 5 on the par-3 12th hole. He birdied Nos. 2, 4, 5, 10, 13, 17 and 18.

“What a way for Cole Davis to go out in his final round at Elmwood as a Bobcat,” said Johnson. “He was absolutely dialed in with his ball-striking and I could tell early on in his round that it had the potential to be an outstanding round.”

Greazel carded the 27th sub-70 round in Bobcat history by banking four birdies to counter three bogeys, highlighted by a long putt on the par-4 15th according to Johnson.

“It was awesome for Grant Greazel to be able to add his name to the 60s club in Bobcat golf,” Johnson said. “For most of the day he was hanging around even-par and drained a huge curler for birdie on No. 15 that was probably the best putt he’s hit all year.”

Reid returned to the lineup after withdrawing from the Bobcats’ last event because of a back injury. Though he was less than 100 percent, according to Johnson, Reid came up by big turning in a 76 that was good for 10th place overall and helped the Bobcats run their Joe August win streak to four.

Owen Chaloupek shot an 86 and Drake Polley added an 87 to round out the Bobcats’ varsity lineup.

The Marshalltown junior varsity contingent took 10th out of 11 scoring teams, led by Cael Sandvick’s 84.

The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday with a trip to Beaver Hills Country Club for the Cedar Falls Invite.

Joe August Invitational

At Marshalltown

Elmwood Country Club, par 70

Team Standings — 1. Marshalltown 290, 2. Ottumwa 298, 3. Ames 308, 4. Southeast Polk 310, 5. Ankeny Centennial 313, 6. Des Moines Roosevelt 334, 7. Indianola 354, 8. Mason City 368, 9. Fort Dodge 375, 10. Marshalltown JV 396, 11. Des Moines North 457.

Individual (top 10) — 1. Cole Davis, MHS, 65; 2. Cale Leonard, OTT, 69; 3. Grant Greazel, MHS, 69; 4. Joe Hammer, OTT, 70; 5. Calvin McNeeley, SEP, 71; 6. Sam Vertanen, AMES, 73; 7. Connor Van Weelden, AMES, 74; 8. Jack Winkel, AC, 74; 9. Steven Langland, OTT, 76; 10. Mason Reid, MHS, 76.

MARSHALLTOWN (290) — Davis 65, Greazel 69, Reid 76, Colin Schmit 80, Owen Chaloupek 86, Drake Polley 87.

OTTUMWA (298) — Leonard 69, Hammer 70, Langland 76, Trent Grooms 83, Noah Bjerke 84, Tyler Brown 91.

AMES (308) — Vertanen 73, Van Weelden 74, Derek Peng 80, Carter Clayberg 81, Jay Rathe 84, Noah Stenberg 88.

SOUTHEAST POLK (310) — McNeeley 71, Jack Wahman 79, Trent Mack 79, Logan Barnes 81, Cooper Hansen 83, Jason Hesner 85.

ANKENY CENTENNIAL (313) — Winkel 74, Drake Ellgren 77, Jonathan Saddoris 79, Connor Thorpe 83, Logan Kinch 86, Adam Wagner 88.

DM ROOSEVELT (334) — Charlie Geer 77, Blane Bartholomew 81, Ryan Huang 86, Kade VonderLinde 90, Sam Nicolino 93, Charlie Ferrari 95.

INDIANOLA (354) — Max Trembly 84, Gabe Zwanziger 87, Tom Krapfl 91, Jackson Overton 92, Preston Bly 92, Casey Daughenbaugh WD.

MASON CITY (368) — Brad Vaith 78, Jackson Wickman 95, Ryan Berkley 95, Aidan Thompson 100, Gavin Als 100.

FORT DODGE (375) — Andrew Alstott 85, Kaleb Anderson 90, Gavin Strain 96, Alex Dohrn 104, Peyton Hays 105, Logan McIlrath 106.

MARSHALLTOWN JV (396) — Cael Sandvick 84, Luke Sponsler 96, Dawson Shipley 100, Alonzo Ceren 116.

DM NORTH (457) — Trevor Doerring 96, Alex Brownfield 105, Milos Garton 117, Blake Hansen 139.

DM EAST — RJ Shannon 95, Anthony Harlan 101, Andy Decker 125.