RSM girls golf wins War Eagle tournament, A-W tops season standings

Friday, May 13, 2022

SIOUX CENTER — The War Eagle Conference finished the girls golf season with a split decision atop the conference. Remsen St. Mary’s brought home the tournament championship title following the low score at The Ridge on Tuesday. Akron-Westfield finishes the season with the best overall record in the conference by going 17-1 compared to 15-3 for RSM.

Remsen St. Mary’s

Led by the overall medalist at the meet, Sidney Tritz, the Hawks were able to win the conference tournament title with a 400 score, 11 strokes in front of the Westerners. Tritz led the field with an 85 as she was seven strokes below the next-best score of the day.

Tritz scored a 41 on the front nine which included three even-par holes. She added two more evens on her back nine 44.

Along with having the best individual score, the Hawks were helped out by having two others within the top 10. Isabella Arens tied for the fifth best score of the day with a 99. She was even on the par-4 seventh hole as part of her 52 on the front nine and was even on a pair of par-3 holes on the back nine where she ended with a 47.

Maci Gravenish shot a 102 to place seventh overall. She had 51 tallies on each set of nine holes on the day.

RSM’s last score included for the team score was a 114 from Peyton Frederes. She was even on the par-3 eighth as part of her 55 on the front nine and even on the par-4 16th as part of her back nine 59.

Zajara Galles ended with a 118 on splits of 61 and 57 while Olivia Pottebaum scored a 129 on splits of 64 and 65 as the two scores not included in the team score for the Hawks.

RSM was able to complete all of their regular season conference duals prior to the conference tournament. They went 6-3 in those, but with the tournament win, finished with a 9-0 record for the day to end 15-3 overall in the conference this season. The three regular season dual losses came to Gehlen Catholic by three strokes, Akron-Westfield by two strokes and Unity Christian by seven strokes.

Akron-Westfield

The Westerners were trying to match their counterparts on the boys team who finished with a perfect record, but weren’t quite able to do so as they finished with a 411 team score to trail the Hawks by 11 strokes for the top spot at the conference tournament.

The team did have a pair of top 10 finishers including the runner-up of the conference meet, Natalie Nielsen. She scored a 92 for the day. Her first round 45 was finished off by an even on the par-3 eighth and then a birdie on the par-4 ninth. She added one more even-par hole on her second nine where she finished with a 47.

Taryn Wilken finished tied for the eighth-best score of the day with a 103. She fired a 51 on the front nine and a 52 on the back nine with one even-par hole on the day coming on the par-3 12th.

Akron-Westfield’s team score was completed by a pair of 108 tallies from Josie Smith and Katie Johnson as they each finished with matching splits of 53 on the first nine and 55 on the second nine.

Ellie Martinsen scored a 110 on splits of 51 and 52 while Allie Swoyer had a 60 on each set of nine holes to finish with a 120 total. Those individual scores did not go towards the team scoring.

The Westerners entered the conference tournament with a 9-0 record as they had beaten all of the other conference teams in dual action before Tuesday’s tournament. The team finishes 17-1 in the conference following the tournament head-to-head action.

Hinton

The Hinton girls finished third with a 420 team score. They had two individuals within the top 10. Hailey Rosenbaum led the team with a 95 which was the third best score on the leaderboard overall. She shot a 46 on the front nine which included an even on the par-3 second. A tough finish with a 10 on the 18th hole bumped up her second nine score to a 49 even though she matched par twice on that set of holes and was also one of only two golfers in the field to birdie the par-3 15th hole.

Mia Fleckenstein snagged the final spot in the top 10 with a 104 total. She shot a 53 on her front nine and a 51 on the second nine. Her second nine included a birdie on the par-3 12th as she was the only golfer in the field to birdie that hole. She also hit even on the par-3 15th.

Brooklyn Geddes shot a 110 on splits of 54 and 56 and Kenedi Spies was a stroke behind with a 111 total on splits of 57 and 54 as the other two counting scores for Hinton.

Non-counting scores were a 118 from Addison Kovarna on splits of 60 and 58 and a 123 from Mackenzie Pearce who ended with a 63 on the fist nine and a 60 on the second set of holes.

Hinton made up a meet with Harris-Lake Park at the conference tournament and won by a 210-221 score. Rosenbaum’s 46 front nine score earned overall medalist honors in that dual.

Hinton finished 6-3 in regular season duals while going 7-2 with their finish at the conference tournament for an overall conference record of 13-5.

Gehlen Catholic

The Lady Jays finished fifth at the conference tournament with a 435. Olivia Bunkers led the team with a 98 score which was the fourth best individual score of the day. She shot a 46 on the front nine with two even par holes and added three more evens on her back nine where she tallied a 52.

Lynsey Reuter was next on the team with a 111 as she finished with splits of 54 and 57 on each nine. A stroke behind her was Jayden Barthole who finished with a 58 going out and a 54 coming in for an overall total of 112.

One of two 114 scores turned in by Virginia Freking and McKenna Sitzmann went towards the team score. They had matching splits of 58 on the first nine holes and 56 on the final nine holes. The team’s last score was a 124 from Rysaiah Sitzmann who ended with splits of 61 and 63.

Gehlen made up conference duals against MMCRU and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at the meet. Their 216 score was 10 strokes better than H-M-S and nine strokes better than MMCRU to score the wins in both of those duals. Bunkers was the overall medalist in both duals with her front nine 46 leading the way.

Gehlen ended 8-1 in conference dual action with their only loss coming to Akron-Westfield, but the team went just 5-4 in the conference tournament head-to-head scoring as they finish with a 13-5 overall conference mark.

MMCRU

The Royals finished ninth at the meet which was last of the teams which were able to tabulate a team score with at least four golfers. The Royals shot a 466 for the day at the conference tournament.

Avery Schlenger was the team’s best individual as she shot a 106 which was 13th on the day. She scored a 51 on the first nine and a 55 on the second nine. Her best hole came on No. 13 as she birdied the par-5 hole. She was the only one to accomplish that during the meet.

Belle Olson provided the team’s second score with a 113. Her splits of 56 and 57 included one even-par hole on each nine.

Sidney Krier was next on the team with a 121 as she shot a 60 on the front nine and a 61 on the back nine. The team’s score was completed with a 126 from Sophia Hohbach who ended with splits of 60 and 66.

Non-counting scores were a 128 from Cassie Weiler who finished with splits of 58 and 70 and then a 140 from Brielle Myears who posted nine-hole totals of 69 and 71.

MMCRU made up a conference dual against Gehlen, falling by a 216-225 score. Schlenger was the runner-up for that dual with a 51 from her front-nine score.

The Royals finish with a 4-14 conference record. They were unable to finish below two of the teams they beat in conference dual action, H-M-S and H-LP, during the conference meet.

Team scores: Remsen St. Mary’s 400, Akron-Westfield 411, Hinton 420, Unity Christian 432, Gehlen Catholic 435, Harris-Lake Park 440, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 453, South O’Brien 458, MMCRU 466, West Sioux - no team score, Trinity Christian - did not compete this season.

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