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Boys' golf

Golden Hawks show improvement in meet at Blue Top Ridge

By Travis J. Brown, Journal Sports Editor | Apr 16, 2013
Photo by: Travis J. Brown Mid-Prairie sophomore Devon Young hits out of a bunker on the fourth hole at Blue Top Ridge on Monday evening.

RIVERSIDE — Less than a week after shooting a nine-hole score of 218 at its home course, the Mid-Prairie boys’ golf team showed a lot of improvement in Monday’s meet at a much tougher venue.

The Golden Hawks carded a 198 on the front nine at Blue Top Ridge at the Riverside Casino and Hotel at Monday’s four-team meet.

“We’re definitely improving,” Mid-Prairie head coach Nate Strabala said. “With the way the weather has been this spring, we haven’t had much time to play a full nine holes of golf. So you’re starting to see the kids improve just because they’re playing more.”

The weather wasn’t much better for Monday’s meet. Temperatures were in the 40s during the meet, with wind and intermittent rain.

“That was the hardest course we’ll play all season in some tough conditions,” Strabala said. “I was pleased with how the kids dealt with the conditions. At the course we were playing at, it would have been easy to go through the motions and get through it, but they toughed it out and put up a respectable score.”

Freshman Paul Hawbaker carded an 8-over-par 44 to lead the Golden Hawks and finish third individually. Iowa City Regina sophomore Grant Hogan was the meet’s medalist after firing a 6-over-par 42.

“He’s one of the kids we had coming in this year who played a lot during the summer months,” Strabala said of Hawbaker. “We knew what he was capable of, and it was nice to see him settle down and shoot what he’s used to. It’s nice to have a freshman like him come in and make an impact right away.”

Junior Trever Owens added a 48 for Mid-Prairie.

“Trever is always pretty consistent,” Strabala said. “He’s probably eight or nine strokes higher than he should be or would like to be so far this year. He might feel a little pressure to shoot lower scores this year to help the team out. So once he settles down, I think his scores will drop to where they should be.”

Senior Tyler Davis shot a 52, and sophomore Devon Young had a 54 to round out the scoring. Junior Gabe Miecnikowski shot a 61, and senior David Lindemann had a 67.

Mid-Prairie finished third at the four-team meet. Durant won the meet with a 180, and West Branch took second place with a 185. Iowa City Regina finished fourth with a 212.

“We saw a couple of the toughest teams in the conference last night,” Strabala said. “We’ll see them again this year, but we’ll keep improving.”

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