MP boys’ golf finishes third at Washington
WASHINGTON — The Mt. Pleasant boys’ golf team was leading the field after nine holes, but finished in third at the end of the Washington Invitational on Saturday.
“When it was cold out, we were hot, and when it warmed up, we cooled down,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Jamy Ball said.
The Panthers scored 161 after the first round, which had been delayed because there was frost on the course.
They were five strokes ahead of host Washington (166). Mt. Pleasant’s Kyle Kauffman shot a two-over-par 37 in the first round, which tied him with Washington’s Dillon de Perrot for the low score after nine holes.
In the final nine holes, de Perrot came back with a two-under-par 33, however, to claim medalist honors with an even par (70) on the day.
“That’s really tough, especially because it was so windy out,” Ball said.
Kiley Miller led the Panthers on the day with an 80, shooting a 40 in both rounds. Kauffman finished with a score of 81 and Quinn Daniel finished the tournament in 85 strokes. Jacob Smith shot an 89 to round out the Panthers’ score, which was 335.
Notre Dame/West Burlington came from behind to win the tournament. They were in third place after the first nine holes (171), but shot a team total of 156 in the second round to finish with a score of 327 and the team title.
Washington was second at 328.
The Panthers came in ahead of Columbus Junction (342), Marion (380) and Ft. Madison (380).
“The greens were really slow when we started, but when the sun came out, they started speeding up,” Ball said.
The Panthers didn’t adjust to the change well enough to hold on to their first-round lead.
“Team-wise, we’ve had a hard time finding a fourth score,” Ball said. Miller, Daniel and Kauffman are consistently the Panthers’ top three golfers, but the fourth spot changes meet to meet.
“I think the weather has played into that,” Ball said. “The first three hit a consistent, solid ball, but when you have a bit of a draw, hook or slice, and the wind gets ahold of it...that’s where the rest of the guys are getting in trouble.”
The Panthers will be back on the course on Tuesday, when they travel to Oskaloosa and will likely be dealing with less-than-ideal weather once again. The forecast shows a high of 41 degrees for tomorrow in Osky, with rain or snow showers possible.
The tournament begins at 2 p.m.