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MP girls fight controversy at state meet

Jun 01, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Cali Liechty putts on hole 18 at Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown on Wednesday.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

MARSHALLTOWN ­—It was no picnic for the MP girls’ golf team this week, going up against illness and ill-timed penalties at the state meet.

The Panthers faced adversary in about every imaginable way over the two-day stretch, but still managed to stay in the race on day two, shooting a 411 to bring their team score to 812, which put them in a tie for seventh.

The Panthers were coming off a controversial ruling on day one, when Anni Liechty was assessed a two-stroke penalty for moving a tee box earlier in the day. The MPCHS sophomore was unaware of the penalty, which cost her two more strokes due to an inaccurate scorecard.

As if that wasn’t enough, lone senior Cali Liechty started the day in the hospital after coming down with an illness the night before. She played through the illness, which was enough to knock out two Dubuque Wahlert players, who came down with the bug around the same time.

With two of the usual top-three Panthers battling through controversy, the third stepped up with another sub-100 round. Keri Herr shot a 47 on the front nine and 49 on the back nine to shoot 96 on the day.

Herr finished in 15th place with a 188 overall score and lead the Panthers on both days. The junior still didn’t love her score, saying she afterwards that she didn’t play that well but it was better than last year’s tournament.

A. Liechty was the second Panther down the list on Tuesday, shooting a 47 on her front nine and a 53 on her back nine to finish at 100 on the day and 205 overall, putting her in 28th individually.

“Getting that stroke penalty really ticked me off and made me want to do even better,” she said. “I shot a little bit better than yesterday, so that was nice, but it’s been a long couple of days.”

Coach Kirby Booton praised A. Liechty after the meet for fessing up to the penalty when approached.

“To have what happened, happen to us last night, with Anni was unfortunate (but) a very good learning experience for us,” he said. “It is going to cost us a place, but that’s OK because we learned more about integrity from it.”

C. Liechty was still able to score for the Panthers despite the illness. She shot a 54 on her front nine and a 51 on her back nine to finish at 105 on the day and 201 overall, putting her four strokes ahead of her sister for 25th.

After the meet, C. Liechty talked about how her coaches helped her through the day, saying without them she “probably would have quit after the second hole.” Coach Booton said he was impressed with his seniors resilience in finishing all 18 holes.

“She sucked it up and played all day,” Booton said. “That just shows you how tough she is.”

The fourth girl down the list for the second straight day was Chloe Beavers. She shot a 57 on the first nine and a 53 on the second nine to shoot a 108 on the day and 218 overall. She ended her tournament in style, making par on the last hole of the final day.

Tori Witthoft shot a 56 on her front nine and a 56 on her back nine to finish at 110 on the day and 127 overall. She had the biggest improvement on the team, cutting down her stroke total by seven.

Michal Wohlleber looked to have had the biggest improvement of the day with a 114 after shooting 134 the day before, but controversy haunted the Panthers one last time.

During the meet, Wohlleber and a girl playing on a different hole shot the ball into the same area. The balls got switched, making Wohlleber hit the wrong one and get disqualified on the second day.

FINAL TEAM SCORES: 1. Humboldt 736; 2. Dubuque Wahlert 745; 3. Washington 767; 4. Grinnell 771; 5. Nevada 776; 6. Creston 806; T7. Carroll 812; T7. Mt. Pleasant 812.

 

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