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Above, the Kingsley-Pierson girls golf team won the Western Valley Conference tournament championship at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars on Monday. Members of the team include: Abby Thompson, Gabby Boustead, Hannah Koch, Head Coach Val Sitzmann, Kenna Haggin, Reagan Vos, Jordyn Sitzmann.
LE MARS — Warm temperatures in the 80s and a stiff southernly breeze greeted golfers at the Western Valley Conference tournament championship held Monday at Willow Creek Golf Course. At the end of 18 holes, the Kingsley-Pierson girls golf team came away with the tournament championship by six strokes over Westwood.
“All through the season, the girls have been up and down, but I felt they were pretty focused and prepared for today,” K-P girls coach Val Sitzmann said. “We’ve been working on some things at practice to just tweak and get those scores to improve. I knew the girls could do it, they just hadn’t done it yet.”
The win came as a bit of a surprise for the defending tournament champions as the Panthers brought back just one golfer from last year’s conference championship team and hadn’t won any of their other meets this season. In their other conference meets this season, their best finish was second place at Mapleton’s Willow Vale Golf Club. The team added a third place at Moville’s Meadows Country Club and fourth place results at the Holstein Country Club and Onawa Country Club.
“What’s most impressive about these girls is that last year I had seven seniors,” Coach Sitzmann said. “Abby Thompson is the only one who had varsity experience coming into this season. The year has been nice and it’s just worked out kind of well right now. I could not be more proud of these six ladies, right here, right now.”
The Panthers were led by the individual runner-up for the meet, Jordyn Sitzmann, who shot a 99 on the course. She was a stroke behind the overall medalist, OABCIG’s Ryle Krayenhagen.
Jordyn explained that it took a few holes for her to settle in.
“I started off kind of rough, but just got more into it and just kept playing better as I went,” Jordyn Sitzmann said. “At the beginning of the day, my short game was a little weak, but it got better. I just tried to stay calm and not get upset with myself and keep trying to do better.”
She ended up shooting a 52 across the Red course and shot a 47 on the Black set of holes. She matched even par on three of the holes on the Black nine. Her score on that nine was the lowest of all the competitors in the field by three strokes.
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Above, Kingsley-Pierson’s Jordyn Sitzmann putts on the green in Monday’s WVC tournament championship. She was the individual runner-up with a 99 score across 18 holes.
The Kingsley-Pierson team score of 430 included a 106 for their next-best score from Hannah Koch. She finished with a 52 across the Red nine and a 54 on the Black nine.
Abby Thompson turned in the team’s third score with a 108. She shot a 55 on the Red nine which included evens on the par-5 third and par-4 ninth. She also matched par on the first hole of the Black nine, a par-4 hole, as she ended with a 53 across those nine holes.
The team’s final score used towards the team scoring was a 117 from Kenna Haggin. She shot a 57 on the Red nine and a 60 on the Black nine.
The team’s non-counting scores were a 122 from Reagan Vos, with splits of 57 and 65, along with a 130 for Gabby Boustead with nine hole splits of 63 and 67.
“Shoutout to Jordyn and Abby who have been our low scores all season,” Coach Sitzmann said. “Hannah Koch has been slowly working her way down and for her to come out today and shoot that, that was huge. Kenna, Gabby and Reagan, they all did a good job today to overcome some things on the course and shoot what they had to shoot.”
With the regular season wrapped up, Jordyn Sitzmann said the team will look to carry the momentum into Friday’s regional meet at Primghar.
“We’re just looking to keep shooting better scores,” she said.
Coach Sitzmann said the team is peaking at the right time.
“The girls are starting to click,” Coach Sitzmann said. “I hope this is good mojo moving into Friday’s meet.”
Team scores: Kingsley-Pierson 430, Westwood 436, MVAOCOU 443, Woodbury Central 456, OABCIG 457.
K-P boys place third
The Kingsley-Pierson boys finished in third place at the conference tournament championship. The team’s 356 score was just four strokes behind second place Woodbury Central, but OABCIG pulled away for the first place total of 335.
Emerson Pratt said it was a decent finish for the team.
“I think the team performed well, but I know we can do better,” Pratt said.
Pratt was the team’s top individual of the day with an 86 as he finished with a 43 on both sets of nine. He birdied the par-5 fifth hole on the Black nine and added evens on three other holes on that par-36 nine. He shot even on three par-4 holes on the Red nine which is a par-35.
“I think I did alright, but I know I can shoot much better than that,” Pratt said. “I think my driving and my long irons were pretty spot on today. In contrast, my chipping was a bit off, that’s kind of what held me back, but we’ll work on that.”
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Above, Kingsley-Pierson’s Emerson Pratt lines up for a putt in Monday’s round at Willow Creek Golf Course. Pratt led the Panthers with an 86 across the 18 holes.
Vincent Koelling tied for the second lowest score on the Black nine with a 40 but shot a 48 on the Red nine as he dropped down the leaderboard. His 88 score was the second-lowest for the Panthers. He matched par on five of the holes on the Black set of holes, but managed just two on the Red nine.
The team’s last two scores included in the team scoring were a pair of 91s from Jake Utesch and Beau Bubke. Utesch shot a 44 on the Black nine which included two even-par holes. His Red nine 47 included four even-par holes. Bubke shot a 48 on the Black nine with just one even-par hole. His 43 on the Red nine included three even-par holes.
Tyler Orzechowski shot a 104 with matching 52s on each nine while Colton Kurtz ended with a 113 with splits of 58 and 55 as the two non-counting scores for the Panthers.
Owen Collison of West Monona was the overall medalist with a 75 for the fourth place Spartans.
Kingsley-Pierson will host a boys sectional golf meet on Wednesday. Pratt said he hopes the home course advantage will help the Panthers as they try to continue their season.
“I’m hoping that we can get first and prove that we can win,” Pratt said.
Team scores: OABCIG 335, Woodbury Central 352, Kingsley-Pierson 356, West Monona 357, Ridge View 368, Westwood 368.