Golden Hawk girls peaking at right time
The Mid-Prairie High School girls’ golf team has been on a roll over the past week, just in time for the upcoming conference tournament.
The Golden Hawks won the Iowa Valley Tiger Tournament on Friday, May 2, in Marengo, then followed that up with a dual victory over River Valley Conference opponent Tipton at the Tipton Country Club on Monday, May 5. Finally, the Mid-Prairie girls won a conference triangular against Durant and Wilton at the Wahkonsa Golf Club yesterday.
On Friday, the Golden Hawks posted a team score of 211 strokes. Mid-Prairie senior Courtney Cayton tied for medalist honors with a score of 47. Cayton was followed by Laura Yoder with 54, Sydney Scarff and Mick VanWinkle with 55, then Allyson Wertz and Olivia Nisly with 60.
At the dual meet in Tipton on Monday, the Golden Hawks shot a team score of 224 strokes to Tipton’s 235. Wertz was the meet medalist with a score of 54. Wertz was followed by Yoder with 55, Scarff with 57, VanWinkle at 58, Lindsey Palmer with a 61 and Nisly at 64.
Yesterday Mid-Prairie posted a team score of 193 strokes to edge out Durant with a 195 and Wilton with 217. Cayton was the runner-up medalist with a nine-hole score of 44 followed closely by sophomore Allyson Wertz with a 45. Yoder and Scarff shot a 51 and a 53 respectively to round out the team scoring. Freshman Cassidy Bender shot 58, Nisly a 60 and Abby Pickard finished at 61.
“Shaving over 30 shots off our team score from one day to the next was pretty impressive. Courtney has had two good outings back to back and has started a nice trend as we work towards conference meet next week and regionals. Allyson has really worked hard to get herself back to where she was a week or so ago, as have Sydney and Laura, who continue to play well. Freshman Cassidy Bender posted her best competitive score of the year last night. Olivia and Abby keep posting steady scores in the high 50s and low 60s pretty consistently and are coming along nicely with their game. We’ll keep working to see if we can find a couple more shots here and there to bump that team score down even lower. Keep an eye out for a sub-190 team score sometime soon,” Mid-Prairie head coach Trace McArtor said.
The Mid-Prairie girls are scheduled to be in action again today at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Course in Riverside against West Branch.