AMES - Marshalltown senior Riley Wirth bounced back from a disappointing start to his season Wednesday during the Bobcats' head-to-head dual meet with Ames at Veenker Golf Course.
Wirth shot a 39-38 for a team-best 77 on the day, but the MHS boys' golf team lost to the Little Cyclones 310-333. Medalist honors went to Dustin Atkinson in a cardback over Ames teammate Connor Power as both shot 73 to collect the individual hardware.
"I was glad to see Riley bounce back with a strong round on a much tougher course than we played yesterday," Marshalltown head golf coach Lucas Johnson said. "With Veenker's heavily wooded areas, it's easy to take high number if you don't have total control of your swing. Some errant shots, especially off the tee, cost us."
For Wirth, it was a much better result than the previous meet when he tied for third-best on the team. He cut down six strokes from his score on Tuesday and was the team leader going away. Sophomore Michael Schrempf fired an 82 one day after earning medalist honors at the American Legion Golf Course.
Finishing third for the Bobcats was freshman Sam Weatherman. Weatherman, who was impressive on the junior varsity Tuesday, continued to earn his varsity spot with another strong round. He shot an 85.
"I give Sam a lot of credit for managing the course well during his first varsity meet," Johnson said. "Posting an 85 having never seen the course should give him a boost of confidence moving forward.
"We're not where we want to be yet, but it's early."
Senior Connor Johnson was the fourth and final scorer for Marshalltown as he finished with an 89.
Brant McKibben ended up with a 94, while Drayton Lents scored a 97.
The other two scorers for Ames were Zach Stuart and Jimmy Boylen, who both fired 82s on the day.
"Ames has some really talented kids," Johnson said. "Having a pair of 1-over rounds out there is going to be tough to beat no matter who you're playing."
The junior varsity teams also shot 18 holes Wednesday, and Ames came out on top again, winning 360-377. Leading the Marshalltown JV was Grant Whitmore's 89. Cole Stalzer and Brandin Chaloupek both shot 95s, while senior Alex Jensen fired a 98. The meet took place at Veenker Golf Course, which is where Iowa State University plays its home meets. Originally, the two teams were scheduled to play at Ames Golf and Country Club. The Bobcats next host Fort Dodge in a 10 a.m. dual meet Friday at Elmwood Country Club.