REINBECK - Taylor Van Dyk did not have the opportunity to defend her title as Best in Conference last season.
The current South Tama senior and 2010 Little Hawkeye Conference medalist missed last season's LHC meet due to injury.
Van Dyk kept the Best in Conference title on Monday and in a new league. She was the medalist and the Trojans were the team champion at the NICL West girls' golf conference meet.
T-R PHOTO BY MARK PAWLAK
South Tama senior Taylor Van Dyk watches her putt on the second hole at Oak Leaf Country Club in Reinbeck on Monday. Van Dyk won a playoff for individual medalist honors and the Trojans were the team champion at the NICL West girls’ golf conference meet.
Taylor Van Dyk shot 81 at Oak Leaf Country Club and had to win a one-hole playoff against her younger sister Paige Van Dyk (81) for medalist honors.
For their careers, Taylor has finished first twice and second once at conference, while Paige's runner-up finish follows winning the Little Hawkeye last spring.
South Tama fired a 367 total for the team crown. Grundy Center finished second (386) and South Hardin third (408).
Kourtne Smith gave the Trojans three in the top 10 as she was 10th with a 101. Carrie Cibula shot 104 for STC.
Katie Schachterle of AGWSR won a playoff against Chantel Eicher for third place individually. Both shot 88s and are all-conference in the NICL West for the third straight season.
There also was a playoff for fifth with Josie McMartin of Grundy Center defeating teammate Hillary Samo. The pair of Spartans had rounds of 90. This marks the second all-conference honor for the sophomore Samo.
Baylie Wrage finished with a 102 for Grundy Center and Lindsay Freeman 104.
Third-place South Hardin was led by Cami Eller (93) and Mariah Knight (95), who were seventh and eighth in the individual race.
Shayla Moler's 103 was the low round of the day for West Marshall.
AGWSR was fifth in the team standings (425), followed by BCLUW (457), East Marshall (463) and Gladbrook-Reinbeck (545).