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Pair of Bobcats capture flags from Turk Bowman Invite

PHOTO PROVIDED - The Marshalltown boys’ golf team finished in fourth place at the Turk Bowman Invite hosted Monday by Ames at Veenker Memorial Golf Course. Pictured, from left, are Jacob Thiessen, Drake Polley, Colin Schmit, Grant Greazel, Kevin Strand and Ryan Schmit.

AMES — The Marshalltown boys’ golf team brought home two individual flags and a fourth-place finish from the Turk Bowman Invite on Monday at Veenker Memorial Golf Course.

The Bobcats were led by top-10 finishes from seniors Grant Greazel and Colin Schmit, who placed sixth and eighth, respectively, with team-leading rounds of 75 and 77.

It was an all-senior scoring night for Marshalltown, as Drake Polley posted an 81 and Kevin Strand stepped into the varsity lineup for the first time and recorded a counting round of 82.

“Kevin Strand in particular played well in his first start of the season in the varsity lineup,” said MHS head coach Lucas Johnson. “We’ve been looking for that score from the back end of the lineup that could contribute if one of our top four have an off day. It was great to see him come through with a consistent round in the low 80s that could be a counter.”

Marshalltown’s 315 team total trailed only Waukee (301), Southeast Polk (306) and Ankeny Centennial (308). The Bobcats were just ahead of Johnston (317) and Indianola (321) to hold firm to the fourth position.

“I thought we battled well on a tough golf course,” Johnson said. “Veenker has some fine margins for error, but for the most part we were able to keep the ball in play and avoid big numbers.”

Greazel made his way through to a 3-over-par 75 helped by three birdies.

Ryan Schmit (85) and Jacob Thiessen (87) also competed for the Bobcats, who return home for the Joe August Invite on Friday. Marshalltown hosts 12 schools for the annual event to be played this year at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course.

Turk Bowman Invite

At Ames

Veenker Memorial Golf Course, par 72

Team Standings — 1. Waukee 301, 2. Southeast Polk 306, 3. Ankeny Centennial 308, 4. Marshalltown 315, 5. Johnston 317, 6. Indianola 321, 7. Norwalk 330, 8. Ames 331, 9. West Des Moines Valley 335, 10. Ankeny 338, 11. Urbandale 348, 12. Mason City 352, 13. Des Moines Roosevelt 362, 14. Fort Dodge 373, 15. Des Moines Lincoln 399, 16. Des Moines East 471.

Individual (top 10) — 1. Tanner Dinnebier, WAU, 70; 2. Jack Winkel, AC, 72; 3. Cooper Hanson, SEP, 72; 4. Brock Seiser, WAU, 74; 5. Calvin McNeeley, SEP, 75; 6. Grant Greazel, MHS, 75; 7. Jackson Overton, IND, 76; 8. Colin Schmit, MHS, 77; 9. Will Klein, WAU, 78; 10. Preston Bily, IND, 78.

MARSHALLTOWN (315) — Greazel 75, C. Schmit 77, Drake Polley 81, Kevin Strand 82, Ryan Schmit 85, Jacob Thiessen 87.

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