Eight Iowa Conference championships
PELLA-Central College junior Taylor Hill (Treynor) rallied to capture tournament medalist honors at the Central Fall Invitational Saturday.
Hill posted the second-round low and finished with 83-81-164 to come from two strokes behind for a one-shot win. It’s Hill’s third tournament title and her second Central Fall Invitational crown in a row.
“When one of our women has the opportunity to compete for an individual award, it is nice to see them come out on top,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “The final group had an idea of where scores stood, so it was nice to be able to handle the pressure and deliver by finishing strong. It is nice to have one of the trophies stay at home.”
Playing at the par-72 Bos Landen Golf Club, the Dutch shaved 14 strokes off their first-round total and improved on all four individual scores that counted towards the team total of 366-352-718.
“Today was a little bit better,” Wilkinson said. “Our first objective and goal is to win our own tournament, but coming up short of that, moving up one spot as a team and winning medalist honors with another top-5 finisher was nice.”
Kelsey Van Tasell (sophomore, Pella, Pella HS) finished fifth individually with 91-84-175. After withdrawing from the first round due to an allergic reaction, sophomore Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill., Stockton HS) fired a 93, while Chelsey Shuey (Ames, Ames HS) shot 96-94-190 and Ali Kallsen (freshman, Hinton) had 96-98-194.
“Rachel being able to play was great,” said Wilkinson. “She was disappointed with not turning in a card yesterday. Today she did not have any issues and it was nice to see her contribute to the team score. We are not completely satisfied with our scoring, but we will continue to work and get better and see where it takes us next weekend.”
Simpson finished atop the team standings at 348-351-699, while Grinnell finished in third at 353-370-723.
Next up for the Dutch is a weekend invitational at Illinois Wesleyan on Sept. 13-14. Tee time is 9 a.m. at Ironwood GC in Normal, Ill. Central placed 14th in a 22-team field there a year ago.