OTTUMWA - The Ottumwa Country Club course proved too much for the Marshalltown girls' golf team, which shot its high 18-hole total for the season in finishing eighth at the Ottumwa Invite on Thursday.
The Bobcats carded a total of 430, led by Ashley Harris and her round of 99. Harris was the top finishing freshman on the day, but the competition and the tight, tree-lined fairways of Ottumwa were more than MHS could handle.
"We had a roller-coaster day, playing a few holes really well and then struggle for a couple," said MHS coach Tim Bell. "It was back and forth. The course was a tough one for inexperienced golfers."
Contributing scores for the Bobcats also were Hayley Lillibridge at 108, Madison Sogge at 109 and Katie Lynch's 113. Hailee Beals shot a 123 in her first varsity 18-hole meet, and Niccole Wolken carded a 128.
Waukee ran away with the team trophy after posting a 345 total, 32 strokes ahead of runner-up West Des Moines Valley's 377. Host Ottumwa was third at 390 in the 12-team event.
Marshalltown has its final home meet of the season next Wednesday, hosting Fort Dodge in a CIML Iowa Conference dual at 3:30 p.m. at the Legion.
Spartans drop down to topple Denver
DENVER - The Grundy Center girls' golf team shot its nine-hole dual meet season-low for the second consecutive time this week on Thursday.
The Spartans carded an 183 to defeat Denver (215) at Willow Run Country Club.
Baylie Wrage and Josie McMartin of Grundy Center shared low round honors as both shot 44. Hillary Samo was one shot back at 45, while Lindsay Freeman added a 50 for the Spartans.
Courtney Ott led the host Cyclones at 47.
The dual win moves Grundy Center's season record to 26-4 going into today's home meet against East Marshall.
Priske leads Tigers past BCLUW boys
ELDORA - Sam Priske picked up medalist honors with his round of 40 in leading the South Hardin boys' golf team past BCLUW, 171-178, on Thursday evening.
Eric Mulder and Spencer Welch both carded 43s, and Levi Prosser's 45 rounded out the Tigers' winning score.
BCLUW was led by Cole Thompson's runner-up medalist round of 41. Logan Simpson shot a 42 for the Comets.
South Hardin girls handle Comets
CONRAD - South Hardin swept through host BCLUW in girls' golf action on Thursday night, winning the NICL West dual 204-226.
Alaina Lake shot 49 and Mariah Knight had a 50 to claim medalist and runner-up honors for South Hardin. Cami Eller carded 51 and Jaelyn Daggs-Olson rounded out the Tigers' scoring with a 54.
Maddie Olson led BCLUW with a 53 and Rebecka Keller shot 54 for the hosts. Morgan Trinkle added a 58 and Abby Barkema's 61 finished out the Comet scoring.
Cougars, Mustangs split NICL West duals
AGWSR and East Marshall shared the hardware in NICL West Division golf action on Thursday at Wandering Creek Golf Course.
The Cougar girls won their dual, 203-243, over the host Mustangs behind a pair of medalists. Katie Schachterle had the low round of 42 while Megan Heinz shot 49 for runner-up honors. Brooke Harrenstein (53) and Maddie Heinz (59) also scored for AGWSR.
Sydney Henricks and Alyssa Kozak paced East Marshall with rounds of 58. Sara Pippen shot 63 and Amy Atcher a 64.
Medalist Tyler Sawyer led the Mustang boys to victory, 176-199. Sawyer shot 39 to lead East Marshall, which also got a 45 from Zack Johnson and 46s from Zach Underhill and Drake McKeever.
Derek Schipper of AGWSR took the runner-up medal on a cardback with his 45. Jordan Krull added a 49 for the Cougars.