A-W, Gehlen boys golf teams advance to districts
NEWELL — The Akron-Westfield and Gehlen Catholic boys golf teams advanced to the next round following their Class 1A sectional meet held at the Newell Municipal Golf Course on Wednesday.
The War Eagle Conference champion Westerners came away with the low score of the day with a 336 team score. Gehlen Catholic finished with a 341 to take second place and secure the other spot at the district meet.
Mason Laven of Storm Lake St. Mary’s was the overall individual medalist with a 79 as SLSM finished third in the team standings with a 346.
Gehlen’s Landen Reuter and Akron-Westfield’s Jackson Marnach tied for the next-best score at 80. Reuter was able to take the runner-up title through a tiebreaker as Marnach was third.
Reuter shot an even-par 36 on his first set of nine which included two birdies and four even-par holes. He shot a 44 on his second nine which included a birdie and two pars.
Marnach scored a 41 through the first nine as he matched par on six of the holes. He had two birdies and two evens on his second nine score of 39.
Akron-Westfield’s Carter Wilken had the fourth place individual score with an 81. He started the day with a 39 with six even-par holes. His second nine score was a 42 with one birdie and two even pars.
Carson James shot an 87 on splits of 45 and 42 for the third A-W score. An 88 from Tatum Wlken, which saw him shoot a 42 on the first trip around the course and a 46 on the second set of nine, completed their team score.
Raiden Ericson finished with a 91 and Landyn Vossberg ended with a 93 as the team’s other two scores.
Gehlen’s Elias Sitzmann shot an 85 which matched the scores of the last two individual qualifiers from the district who were not on one of the two advancing teams. Those were Mason Dicks of Newell-Fonda and Toby Jones of Storm Lake St. Mary’s. Sitzmann birdied two holes on his first nine 42 while finishing with a 43 on the second trip around the course.
Dawson Barthole finished with an 87 for the Jays while Gabe Wiltgen scored an 89 as the last two scores used towards the team score. Carson Sitzmann had a non-counting 90 and Cam DeRocher had the team’s last score with a 94.
Remsen St. Mary’s tied for fourth in the team standings with the host school. They were led by Austin Schwickerath’s 86. Hunter Pick, Carter Schorg and Jaxon Bunkers all ended with 89 totals to complete their top four. The Hawks did not use a 96 from Colbey Penning or a 97 from Collin Homan towards their team score.
RSM ends their season and will say goodbye to seniors Schwickerath and Schorg from their varsity six.
MMCRU finished sixth in the team standings with a 372 score. MMCRU’s top score was an 86 from Brayden Olsen, one stroke behind the last individual qualifying spot.
Haven Hollingshead was next on the team with a 91. The team’s last two counting scores were also in the 90s with Owen Schroeder shooting a 97 and Preston Astidias scoring a 98.
The Royals did not use a 102 from Noah Galles or a 109 from Bryce Tentinger towards their team score.
Of MMCRU’s six varsity golfers, only Astidias is a senior this season.
The Akron-Westfield and Gehlen Catholic golfers will advance to Monday’s district meet at Majestic Hills in Denison.
Team scores: Akron-Westfield 336, Gehlen Catholic 341, Storm Lake St. Mary’s 346, Newell-Fonda 352, Remsen St. Mary’s 352, MMCRU 372, River Valley 405.