It was a windy day at the Westwood Golf Course in Newton when the A-D-M and DC-G girls’ golf teams competed at the regional golf tournament for a chance to qualify for the state tournament.
At the end of the day, the Tigers, who qualified for the state tournament last season, finished fourth and DC-G, who was undefeated going into the event, finished fifth, ending the season for both squads.
Despite wind gusts as high as 33 mph, DC-G coach John Klaessy said that “the course itself was more of a challenge than the windy weather conditions” and that it favored the winning team, Grinnell, and the runner up, Newton since Westwood is Newton’s home course and Grinnell has played a couple of meets there during the season.
Hayley Willems led the way for A-D-M, shooting a 97, followed by Lexi Owen who had 100 and Jaycee Mandernach and Lauren Lange who each had 102s. The team shot 401 overall.
Taryn Gholson, a state qualifier a year ago, led the way for DC-G shooting 91 followed by Michaela Fay with 93, Sam Zamzow with 109 and Sara Beeler who shot a 115. The team shot 408 overall for their fifth-place finish.
Gholson missed qualifying for state on an individual basis this season finishing just one stroke behind Grinnell’s Amber Kracht, who snagged the sixth spot in state tournament after shooting a 90 in Newton on Monday.
A-D-M coach Cris Goodale said that the Tigers “played their best meet of the year.”
“At the beginning of the year I told the girls I didn’t care if we won or lost I just wanted them to be their best at the end of the year,” Goodale said. “They all had great attitudes and gave themselves a chance to advance to the state tournament.”