For a season-opening meet, new head Marshalltown boys' golf coach Lucas Johnson found positives in every single member of his squad Tuesday during a head-to-head battle with conference rival Mason City at the American Legion Golf Course, even though the end result was not completely what Johnson and the Bobcat golfers were looking for.
Marshalltown sophomore Michael Schrempf earned medalist honors after shooting a 3-over 73, but the Bobcats lost to the Mohawks by 11 strokes. Mason City won the dual with a score of 308, while Marshalltown carded a 319.
"I am happy for Michael," Johnson said. "This is his home course. He had high expectations coming into this one, and it was nice to see him fullfil those expectations.
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Marshalltown sophomore Michael Schrempf earned medalist honors Tuesday during the Bobcats’ season-opening dual meet at the American Legion Golf Course. Schrempf shot a 3-over 73 on the day, but the Bobcats lost to Mason City by 11 strokes.
"I want to give credit to Mason City. They had some solid scores. There's a lot from this first time out that we can build on. But each guy can point to a few things that can help improve their scores."
Mason City had three golfers shoot less than 80, which is the big reason why it was able to win the dual. Just behind Schrempf in the medalist discussion was Jared Rowe, who shot a 74. Alex Noto had a 79, while David Mejia - the Mohawks' No. 5 golfer - carded a 75.
Marshalltown's second-best score came from freshman Brant McKibben, who was playing in the sixth spot in the varsity lineup. McKibben carded an 80, while fellow freshman Sam Weatherman finished with an 84 to lead the junior varsity.
Shooting 83 for the Bobcats were seniors Riley Wirth and Connor Johnson. They shot consistently throughout the day, carding either a 42 or 41 on the front and back nine. Drayton Lents turned in an 86 but was much better on the back nine where he fired a 39.
"We need to build off what we did hear, and if people are not happy with what they shot today, then they can erase it with a good round of golf tomorrow," Johnson said. "That is easier said than done though. We're playing on a tough course."
Schrempf was 3-over on the front nine and played par golf on the final nine holes to lock up the win. Rowe trailed Schrempf by one after the first nine holes and also played par on the final nine holes.
The two top golfers from their respective teams had identical scores on six of the first nine holes. Rowe had a birdie on the par-4 No. 4, while Schrempf need five shots to complete the hole. However, on the par-3 7th, Schrempf scored a par, while Rowe was 4-over for the hole. Rowe made up a shot on No. 9 but could not catch Schrempf on the back nine.
After the completion of the meet, Johnson was sure he knew what his guys needed to most work on.
"We are going to go back to the short game and work on that when we practice again," he said.
The Bobcats return to action today in Ames beginning at 10 a.m. They will play another home dual against Fort Dodge on Friday at Elmwood Country Club. That meet has been changed to a 10 a.m. start. It was originally scheduled for noon. ... Schrempf was unable to stick around for the medal ceremony because he had get to football practice. ... The American Legion Golf Course is considered Schrempf's home course because his dad, John, is the club professional there. ... After Weatherman's performance, don't be surprised if he appears on the varsity roster for today's dual at Ames Country Club. Johnson mentioned playing the guys who shoot the best throughout the season. ... Brandin Chaloupek fired a 44-4488 for the junior varsity. No one else on the JV was under 90. The Marshalltown JV did beat Mason City by 12 strokes, winning 358-370.