Tigers take second at state tournamentKadel, Gillis lead New London team, Winfield-Mt. Union boys finish fourth overall in Panora
PANORA — You could say they decided just to let the chip shots fall where they may.
The New London boys’ golf team didn’t change anything up, didn’t do anything special. They simply played their game, and they played it well.
“They did as well as I thought they could,” Coach Greg Lerdal said. “They just played like they have been these last few weeks, and we ended up in second.”
The Tigers scored 347 on day one and 359 on day two for a state tournament team total of 706 at the Lake Panorama Golf Club in Panora over the weekend, good enough to claim the runner-up spot in Class 1A.
The team was led by a pair of medalists, Tristan Kadel and Hagin Gillis. Each shot a two-day total of 168 and finished, along with two other golfers, in a four-way tie for third place.
Kadel shot 83 on the first 18 holes and shot an 85 on the second day. Gillis scored 88 on Friday and came back with an 80 on Saturday.
“Tristan (Kadel) played really well the first day, and Hagin (Gillis) played really well the second day — and it just turned out that they tied,” Lerdal said.
The Tigers’ third scorer was Quincy Porter with a two-day total of 183 (88, 95). He was followed by Kyler Meyer with a 187 (88, 99).
Jaydon Flowers shot a 212 and Tyler Schneider scored 237.
The New London team is young, with no seniors and only one junior (Schneider). The rest of the players are sophomores (Kadel, Gillis and Porter) or freshmen (Meyer and Flowers).
Next year, all six varsity golfers will be able to return to the team, which also expects to add new talent.
“We’ll just have to see what happens; we may have a few more coming out,” Lerdal said.
Winfield-Mt. Union also golfed at the boys’ state tournament over the weekend, placing fourth in Class 1A.
“It was a super two days,” W-MU Coach Dave Therme said. “I’m proud of everyone who participated.”
The team shot 372 on day one, and then was 20 strokes better on day two to finish with a team total of 724. Sibley-Ocheyden won the meet with a score of 673, and West Lyon (Inwood) was third at 723.
“It was kind of a disappointment to finish just one stroke out of third,” Therme said. “But everyone had fun, and that’s the key to the whole thing.”
The Wolves’ Jake Edwards placed 10th overall with a score of 175 (91, 84), and Brody Heying was 11th at 179 (91, 88).
“It was a fun way to send Brody (Heying) out, as a senior.”
Heying is the team’s only senior. Edwards is a junior, along with Klayton Booth, who was third for the Wolves with a score of 182 (91, 91).
The other three W-MU golfers at the state tournament were freshmen.
“All season long, with those three freshman, somebody has come through,” Therme said.
This time it was Zach Davis who scored for the Wolves with his two-day total of 208 (99, 109).
But it could have also been Kolt Rossiter, who was just one stroke behind at 209 (100, 109), or Sam Jennings, who struggled on the first day of the tournament (122) but came back with a day-two score of 89.
The girls’ golf tournament begins today, and both New London and W-MU are represented in that event as well.
The New London girls qualified as a team, so Jorgi Krieger, Baylee Lindell, Victoria Noel, Morgan Oliver, Emma Pry and Breanna Stevens will compete for the Tigers in the Class 1A tournament.
W-MU sent its top golfer, Grace Edwards, as an individual.
The tournament, which is at American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown, was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today, but the start times were delayed by a few hours because of the rain.
The weather also affects the spectators and coaches. Due to the soaked ground, carts are not allowed on the course at American Legion Golf Course.
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team is golfing at the 4A tournament at Ames Golf and Country Club.
That start time was also pushed back, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the Ames course is also affected by rain — carts will not be allowed at the 3A/4A tournament, either.
The girls’ two-day tournament ends tomorrow. Look for 1A and 4A results in the Mt. Pleasant News this week.