Marshalltown boys golf wins Ankeny Invite
ANKENY — The Marshalltown boys’ team won its third consecutive meet in a row. In the 18-hole meet at the Ankeny Invite, the Bobcats came away with a one stroke win with a team score of 298 on Wednesday at the Otter Creek Golf Course.
“I think we surprised a lot of people today including ourselves if we’re being honest,” head coach Lucas Johnson said. “To be able to come out on top of some of the best teams in the state including the number one ranked team on their home course shows an awful lot about the potential of what our guys can accomplish when they’re playing well.”
The Bobcats finished ahead of No. 1 Ankeny, which posted a 299, in the 10-team meet.
“We played our first six or seven holes with the rain and storms moving in and eventually had to wait out a lightning delay before heading out to the course again,” Johnson said. “Otter Creek at over 6,500 yards is already long, but even more so today due to how saturated the fairways were. After the storm rolled through, the winds picked up and presented another layer of difficulty to the course.”
At the helm of the win for the Bobcats was Cole Davis who carded a 72 and finish as the runner-up.
“Cole Davis was one or two under par for most of the day and had a few tough holes on the back nine, but I was especially impressed with his composure and ability to grind out a strong score,” Johnson said. “On No. 18, his final hole of the day, he drove it into a pond off the tee. After taking his drop, he stepped up and knocked it within a foot for a tap-in par.”
Behind Davis was Colin Schmit who recorded a 74, Grant Greazel carded a 75 and Mason Reid rounded out the scoring with a 77.
“Likewise, Grant Greazel and Colin Schmit were able to play their final three holes a combined two under par by making a couple of birdies on the closing holes,” Johnson said. “Colin was especially happy with the end of his round as his final shot of the day was a chip-in birdie that rattled the flagstick and found the bottom of the cup.”
Ankeny’s Dylan Taylor was the medalist who recorded a 70. Scoring for Ankeny was Hunter Johnson who recorded a 75 while Corbin Walker and Ty Roghair each carded a 77.
“As a program over the past three or four years we’ve spent an awful lot of time emphasizing the importance of making every stroke count — especially down the stretch of the final three holes,” Johnson said. “In meets like today where it comes down to one shot, those are the decisive moments in the round.”
The Bobcats will travel to the Ames Invite on Sept. 17 at Veenker Golf Course.
Otter Creek Golf Course, par 71
Team Standings — 1. Marshalltown 298, 2. Ankeny 299, 3. Ankeny Centennial 301, 4. West Des Moines Valley 304, 5. Ames 305, 6. Dowling Catholic 306, 7. Southeast Polk 316, 8. Des Moines Roosevelt 333, 9. Fort Dodge 341, 10. Mason City 360.
Individual (top 10) — 1. Dylan Taylor, ANK, 70; 2. Cole Davis, MHS, 72; 3. Noah Stenberg, AMES, 73; 4. Johnny Saddoris, AC, 73; 5. Connor Van Weelden, AMES, 73; 6. Jack Temme, VAL, 73; 7. Colin Schmit, MHS, 74; 8. Will Yurgae, DC, 74; 9. John Boettcher, VAL, 75; 10. Jackson Yurgae, DC, 75.
MARSHALLTOWN (298) — Davis 72, Schmit 74, Grant Greazel 75, Mason Reid 77, Owen Chaloupek 84, Drake Polley 93.