Eight Iowa Conference championships
CEDAR FALLS— Central College met William Penn University in a women’s golf dual Sunday for a final tune-up before the Iowa Conference tournament.
William Penn outshot the Dutch 325 to 343 on the par-72 Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls, the same course used for the first two rounds of the league tourney. Natalie Booton and Demi Coertze led the individual race with 79.
Central’s Kelsey Van Tasell (sophomore, Pella) tied for third with a career-best 80. Ashley Smith (senior, Johnsonburg, Ill.) was fifth with 82, Emily Fisher (freshman, Wapello) was eighth with a personal-best 89 and Chelsey Shuey (freshman, Ames) was ninth with 92. Taylor Hill (sophomore, Treynor) completed the Dutch lineup but withdrew from the round.
“Ashley, Kelsey and Emily all played well and it’s promising to see those season lows as we move into the league tournament,” coach Tim Wilkinson said.
Competing as individuals, Nichole Malott (freshman, Tipton) shot 99, Jill Huffman (freshman, Bloomington, Ill.) had 102, Rachel Cassens (freshman, Stockton, Ill.) had 108 and Caitlin Spurlin (sophomore, Tam, GMG HS) shot 119.
Today’s round will hopefully eliminate some nerves next weekend.
“It’s nice to see the course and get an idea of what to expect,” Wilkinson said. “The greens will probably be different, they were pretty fast today, but the layout is the same and the players should feel more comfortable.”
The Dutch have taken runner-up honors at the league tournament the past four years. The first two rounds of the 72-hole tourney are played Friday and Saturday at Pheasant Ridge.
“The first two days are good scoring days and our goal is to make sure we’re competitive,” Wilkinson said. “At the end of the first weekend we want to be in contention.”
The final two rounds of the tournament will be played Oct. 5-6 at Central’s home course, the Bos Landen Golf Club.