Eight Iowa Conference championships
MARION-The Central College women’s golf team is in sixth place after an opening round 360 at the 17-team Mount Mercy Fall Invitational.
Taylor Hill (junior, Treynor, Treynor HS) led the Dutch with an 84, while Kelsey Van Tasell (sophomore, Pella, Pella HS) followed with an 87. Sophomores Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill., Stockton HS) and Chelsey Shuey (Ames, Ames HS) carded a 90 and 99, respectively, while classmate Emily Fisher (Wapello, Wapello HS) rounded out the lineup at 105.
William Penn leads the team standings with 324 at the par-72 Hunters Ridge Golf Course.
Coach Tim Wilkinson believed all scores suffered a bit in the extreme heat.
“It was a difficult day,” Wilkinson said. “Temperatures were over 100 (degrees Farenheit) and the heat index was over 110. It is a full field, so you are standing around in the heat and waiting to play holes, which is always tough. The women did a great job focusing on the positives, but the conditions definitely affected all players.
Central was second among Iowa Conference teams at the invitational, but Wilkinson knows the team needs to step up.
“Any other day, I would not be as content with 360,” said Wilkinson. “But with the way it is out here, it is not the worst score we could have posted.
“Counting scores near 100 is where we need to improve. We are excited about tomorrow and the team is comfortable with the course.”
Wilkinson also noted the play of Central’s lone freshman on the trip, Ali Kallsen (Hinton, Hinton HS). Kallsen played as an individual and carded a 97 in her first collegiate round.
“Ali posted a sub-100 round in her first collegiate tournament,” Wilkinson said. “That is a pretty solid outing.”
The Dutch return to Hunters Ridge for the second round Saturday morning.