NORWALK - It was essentially the same round the Marshalltown boys' golf team has collaborated on this entire season.
But against this type of competition, the Bobcats simply had to be better than they'd been.
Marshalltown shot a combined 333 team score at Wednesday's Central Iowa Conference meet at The Legacy Golf Club, placing ninth out of 12 teams.
West Des Moines Valley, behind overall medalist Jeff Swegle, edged Waukee and Dowling Catholic for the conference title, shooting a 293 total. Waukee was in with a 296 and Dowling carded 297.
Swegle, a Stanford University recruit, blistered the par-72 course with six birdies and no bogeys in his medalist round of 6-under 66.
Marshalltown was once again paced by junior Michael Schrempf, who had one birdie and five bogeys in his 4-over-par round of 76. It was good for 14th place individually, making him a second-team all-conference golfer.
Central Iowa Conference Meet
The Legacy Golf Club, par 72
Team Standings - 1. West Des Moines Valley 293, 2. Waukee 296, 3. Dowling Catholic 297, 4. Ankeny Centennial 309, 5. Southeast Polk 317, 6. Johnston 320, 7. Mason City 326, 8. Ames 331, 9. Marshalltown 333, 10. Ankeny 342, 11. Urbandale 344, 12. Fort Dodge 375.
Individual (top 10) - 1. Jeff Swegle, VAL, 66; 2. Sam DeBartolo, DC, 71; 3. Tripp Kinney, WAU, 73; 4. Connor Power, AMES, 74; 5. Jack Gradoville, DC, 74; 6. Tom McLaughlin, WAU, 74; 7. Connor LIttlefield, WAU, 74; 8. Dane Jensen, VAL, 74; 9. Aaron DeNucci, AC, 75; 10. John Walsh, DC, 75.
WDM VALLEY (293) - Swegle 66, Jensen 74, Walsh 75, Ryan Johnston 78, Ben Grotnes 81, Cory Mullins 88.
WAUKEE (296) - Kinney 73, McLaughlin 74, Littlefield 74, DeNucci 75, Parker Howe 77, Logan Floyd 79.
DOWLING CATHOLIC (297) - DeBartolo 71, Gradoville 74, John Stroud 75, Brady Dougherty 77, Hank Weresh 80, Nick McMurray 83.
ANKENY CENTENNIAL (309) - Jesse Peck 75, Tanner Randall 76, Andrew Huseman 79, Matt McAleer 79, Griffen Matthias 80, Cody Holck 82.
SOUTHEAST POLK (317) - Sam Rice 75, Brandon Nordman 80, Blake Hartung 80, John Hartung 82, Jake Blocher 82, Zak Karns 83.
JOHNSTON (320) - Korbin Sesker 78, Alex Burns 79, Blake Singbush 81, Jake Campbell 82, Sam Buckley 83, Jordan Kleinschmidt 85.
MASON CITY (326) - Jared Rowe 76, David Mejia 80, Jordan Rowe 83, Ben Butler 87, Alex Noto 90, Alex Wiltsie 97.
AMES (331) - Power 74, Tyler Wierson 85, David Wallace 86, Luke Lenhart 86, Eric Steyer 88, Quinn Delaney 98.
MARSHALLTOWN (333) - Michael Schrempf 76, Connor Johnson 82, Brandin Chaloupek 87, Sam Weatherman 88, Brant McKibben 91, Beau Ragland 98.
ANKENY (342) - Logan Peterson 78, Noah Rolfing 83, Trystan Cummins 90, Evan Nelson 91, Jacob Sunde 100, Michael Hoffman WD.
URBANDALE (344) - Brody Egger 83, David Willem 85, Matt Hansing 88, Shay Motter 88, Scott Wilson 95, Nick Scharingson 95.
FORT DODGE (375) - Austin Sorenson 85, Thomas Hartley 94, Thomas Lang 97, Drew Hansen 99, Kaden Peterson 117, Nick Pecka 118.
"Michael drove the ball well off the tee, which allowed him to shoot a strong round," said MHS coach Lucas Johnson. "His ability to hit big tee shots and keep it in the fairway put him in prime scoring position for much of the day."
Schrempf's 76 matched his low round of the season. It was followed in by Connor Johnson, as the Bobcat senior scored a pair of birdies on his way to an 82.
Brandin Chaloupek put up an 87 and Sam Weatherman shot 88 to round out Marshalltown's team scoring. Brant McKibben finished with a 91 and Beau Ragland shot 98.
"The Legacy presented one of the toughest tests of golf we faced all year and, other than the state meet, we'd be hard-pressed to find a more competitive field of teams," Coach Johnson added.
The Bobcats finished behind a pair of teams they had earlier defeated in dual meet play. Ankeny Centennial shot a 309 for fourth place while Ames narrowly edged MHS for eighth place with a 331.
Marshalltown will be the only Central Iowa Conference squad in attendance for Monday's district tournament in Cedar Rapids. The Bobcats go to Elmcrest Country Club in search of a state tournament bid of any sort, joined in competition by Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Washington, Iowa City High, Iowa City West, Linn-Mar, Ottumwa, Prairie, Waterloo East, Waterloo West and Xavier.
MHS has had only two state qualifiers over the last 10 seasons - John Danielson in 2004 and Jacob Butler in 2008.