Eight Iowa Conference championships
MARION-The Central College women’s golf team carded a second-round 345, 15 strokes better than its first-round total, for a seventh-place finish at the 19-team Mount Mercy Fall Invitational.
The Dutch used personal improvements of as much as seven strokes for a 36-hole total of 705.
Taylor Hill (junior, Treynor) led the Dutch with a 78 en route to 36-hole total of 162 and a seventh-place individual finish. Kelsey Van Tasell (sophomore, Pella) posted the greatest individual improvement from the first round to the second round with an 80, seven strokes lower than her first round, for an overall 167. Van Tasell placed 12th. Sophomores Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) and Chelsey Shuey (Ames) carded scores of 88 and 99 for 178 and 198, respectively, while classmate Emily Fisher (Wapello) rounded out the lineup at 101 for a 206.
Coach Tim Wilkinson was pleased with the improvement between rounds, but recognized there is work to be done.
“Fifteen strokes (of improvement) is a lot better,” said Wilkinson. “Conditions were pretty good today, but it warmed up in the afternoon. It is still very early, so we are not necessarily where we want to be. We are positioning ourselves and getting ready for the season, but it is a work in progress. The important thing is to get better.”
Grand View finished at the front of the field, while host school Mount Mercy finished second via a tiebreaker.
“There are definitely some positives to take away from the weekend,” Wilkinson said. “Anytime you finish in the top half at a tournament, it is a good thing."
The Dutch return to their home course Friday for the first round of the 36-hole Central Fall Invitational at Pella’s par-72 Bos Landen Golf Club.