Eight Iowa Conference championships
PELLA-The Central College women’s golf team carded a first-round 366 at the Central Fall Invitational on Friday.
Taylor Hill (junior, Treynor) led the Dutch with an 83 at the par-72 Bos Landen Golf Club and is in third place overall. Kelsey Van Tasell (sophomore, Pella) shot a 91 on the first 18 holes of the 36-hole tourney, while Chelsey Shuey (sophomore, Ames) and Ali Kallsen (freshman, Hinton) both carded 96. Central was hindered because of the withdrawl of sophomore Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) due to an allergic reaction. Normally the team’s No. 3 player, her status for Saturday’s round is uncertain.
“It is tough when you don’t get to throw a score out because of a withdrawal,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “It adds a lot of pressure for your number four and five players to make sure they post good scores. Considering the conditions, we will take the scores, but we are not satisfied. Tomorrow we’ll have to come out, figure out a way to play a little better and compete with the other teams.”
Six individuals also competed for the Dutch. Emily Fisher (sophomore, Wapello) posted the low total of the group at 99. Sophomores Jill Huffman (Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) and Nichole Malott (Tipton) finished at 107 and 115, respectively. Taylor Hull (freshman, Greenfield, Nodaway Valley HS) shot a 121 and Serena Robinette (freshman, Elliot, Griswold HS) shot a 126. Freshman Dakota McNamara (Britt, Garner-Hayfield HS) rounded out the lineup with a 136.
“We need to work on being a little more mentally strong,” said Wilkinson. “When we have adversity out there, it cannot ruin the entire round for us. That is something we are working on, as well as consistency. We’re not shooting numbers that we normally shoot. Bos Landen is tough, but we play out here all the time, so we should have a better grasp on it moving forward.”
Simpson leads the three-team event after a 348, while Grinnell sits second at 353.
Saturday’s final round starts at 9 a.m.