Kingsley-Pierson golfers wrap up conference regular season

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Kingsley-Pierson golf teams wrapped up the Western Valley Conference regular season with a pair of conference meets on April 26 and 30.

The K-P boys finished in fourth place at their meet in Sloan on April 26.

“The wind was brutal,” K-P boys coach Tim Dirksen said. “If you didn’t account for the wind, the quick and sloped greens, you get scores like ours. We just didn’t adjust well.”

The team shot a 183 for the meet, just a stroke behind MVAOCOU. The host Rebels won with a 168, ending three strokes ahead of Woodbury Central, as Elijah Lamoureux paced the team with a medalist 38. Ty Warnke of OA-BCIG was runner-up with a 40.

Kaden Schroeder had the top score for the Panthers as he shot a 43. Alex Martensen was a stroke behind with a 44. Matthew Riordan and Nathan Keck rounded out the team score with a pair of 48s.

The same day in Onawa, the girls team also took fourth place. Woodbury Central won by a comfortable margin with a 203 score as runner-up OA-BCIG was 11 strokes back. The Panthers shot a 225 for the meet.

Rachel Stewart led the Panthers with a 52, taking fifth place as an individual. She was 10 strokes back of overall medalist Sally Gallagher of Woodbury Central.

Abbie Kraft was next for the Panthers with a 56. Alex Thompson added a 58 while Jena Schmid returned to the lineup and shot the final counting score of 59.

On Monday, the teams had their final WVC meets of the season. The girls finished up at Sloan, taking fifth place as Ridge View rocketed up the standings to a win with a 206 score, two strokes ahead of Woodbury Central. The Raptors had finished eighth the meet before.

Gallagher again took the top spot with a 40 while Stewart was once again fifth as an individual with a 51. Kraft finished just a stroke behind Stewart.

Thompson and Schmid rounded out the counting scores with identical 61s.

“The wind seemed to affect them more mentally today although we scored the same both nights,” K-P girls coach Valerie Sitzmann said following Monday’s meet. “Abbie and Rachel continue to lead the team. Jena is just a hole or two away from really scoring the way she wants to score. Along with Bradi, Alex, and Ali, I feel the girls can bring in some low scores. We are looking to improve when we golf at the conference tournament on Monday in Le Mars.”

The boys team took fourth place at Moville on Monday with a 191 as the host Wildcats won with a 179. Woodbury Central had a pair tie for runner-up with 43s as Dustin Widman and Caleb Lubbers matched Warnke. Sam Miller of Westwood had the top score of 42.

The Panthers were led by Schroeder with a 45. Nathan Keck and Kyler Krieg were next with a pair of 48s. Alex Martensen turned in the final counting score of 50.

The Western Valley Conference championship tournament will be held at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars on Monday for both the boys and girls.

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