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Waukee girls add to season win total

Sam Martin • DCN Waukee freshman Paige Seiser chips onto the green during the  High School Girls Golf Inviational at Des Moines Golf and Country Club on Monday.Buy Photo
Sam Martin • DCN Waukee freshman Paige Seiser chips onto the green during the High School Girls Golf Inviational at Des Moines Golf and Country Club on Monday.

The Waukee girls’ golf team added two more victories this week, including a 161-211 triumph over Fort Dodge on Tuesday at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Waukee.

The Warriors were led by a 38 from medalist Paige Seiser. Jasmine Wyzgowski, Brittany Best and Catie Oder added 41s, and Hannah Dammen and Allie Oder finished with 46s.

A day before, the team also grabbed a tournament victory at the first High School Girls Golf Invitational at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

The event, hosted by Waukee and organized by Warriors coach Marty Sullivan, was an attempt to “put together a competitive field to play on a prestigious golf course to showcase the quality of the players in the area and state,” Sullivan said. “We hope to continue finding venues to host this tournament and attract the top teams and players from around the state, regardless of what class they are in.”

Sullivan’s squad didn’t disappoint, grabbing a 349-367 victory over West Des Moines Valley. Ottumwa was third with a 374 and Dowling Catholic fourth with a 376.

The day also marked a return for senior Payton Minear, last year’s state individual champion. She has missed all of this season after having surgery on her elbow to relieve intense pain. In her first competition in nine months, she looked as if she never missed a beat, winning the medalist honors with a 77. She shot a 1-under 36 on the back nine, with an eagle on the 12th hole, a double eagle on the par-5 17th and four pars.

“Payton’s performance was nothing short of amazing,” Sullivan said. “After a major elbow surgery, her return to competitive golf was a statement of her competitiveness and toughness. She will continue to make strides to return to full and unlimited participation.”

Seiser, a freshman, shot a 44 on the front nine of the north course, then turned in a 1-over 38 on the back to finish a runner-up 82. Her final nine holes included three birdies and two pars.

Best added an 86, her day highlighted by a rare double eagle on the par-5 12th hole. She also had five pars and a birdie on the day. Wyzgowski finished with a 90, Catie Oder a 91, Dammen a 95 a and Allie Oder a 99.

Waukee’s program depth was on full display, as its junior varsity team carded a 387, which would’ve tied the group with Ankeny for fifth place in the eight-team meet. Shane Oswalt carded a 92, Ellen Johnson a 95 and Kelsey Best a 97.

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