M-P girls golf team hosts invite Thursday
The Mid-Prairie girls golf team landed a fourth place finish in their home invitational Thursday, April 20, at the Kalona Golf Course.
The Golden Hawks carded an 18-hole team score of 414 strokes in the nine-team event.
Fairfield was the overall winner with a score of 398, followed by Wilton with 399, Tipton 405, Williamsburg 418. West Branch 427, West Liberty 432, Durant 451 and Regina 471.
Junior Paige Slabaugh was this year’s meet medalist with a round of 89 (47-42), winning in a sudden victory playoff with Wilton’s Alyssa Anderson. Senior Lindsey Palmer posted a score of 102(51-51), Olivia Nisly with 113(54-59), Abbi Patterson 113(60-53), Kenzie Bontrager with 120(57-63) and Emma Mattes 122(59-63).
“I was so pleased with how the kids performed today,” said coach Tracy McArtor. “Every one of the girls posted either a 9-hole or 18-hole personal best for the year and in some cases career lows.”
Paige Slabaugh’s front nine score of 47 matched her career-low for nine holes last week at Washington, only to beat it by five shots with a 42 on the back nine. Her total score of 89 is also a career low.
Lindsey Palmer came into this meet with a 55 average only to post two rounds of 51 for a career low of 102. Olivia Nisly tied her season low for 9 holes with a 54 on the front nine.
Kenzie Bontrager’s 57 on the front nine is a season low, freshmen Abbie Patterson and Emma Mattes both posted season low nine-hole scores with Abbi shooting 53 on back 9 and Emma posting a 59 on her front side.
The girls also posted season lows on team totals for each nine holes with scores of 209 on the front and 205 on the back.
“I saw a lot of confidence in the girls today and reapplication of all the things they have been working on in practice thru the week,” McArtor says.
“Short game and putting have been a big part of our practice time leading up to this event and I think that improvement from what I saw was a big factor in how well the girls played.
“The great thing is that as well as the girls played today, I still don’t think they’ve played their best golf yet and that’s exciting. “