Eight Iowa Conference championships
DECORAH — Taylor Hill (junior, Treynor) recorded her third top-10 finish in four outings as the Central College women’s golf team knocked off four Iowa Conference opponents and tied for third at the 36-hole Luther Invitational Saturday.
Hill carded an 84-82—166 at the par-72 Oneota Golf and Country Club to share seventh place in the 49-player field while the Dutch shot 348-345—693, tying AIB in the team standings. Wartburg rolled to first in the nine-team tourney at 329-333—662, six shots ahead of Viterbo (Wis.). Central was eight strokes in front of league foe Simpson and also topped tourney host Luther, Coe and Dubuque.
“Taylor’s been working through some kinks in her swing and hit the ball a lot better than she scored,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “She hit a lot of good shots and is making good contact. She’s definitely making progress.”
Kelsey Van Tassell (junior, Pella) tied for 11th place at 85-85—170 with Chelsey Shuey (sophomore, Ames) tied for 20th at 90-87—177, Rachel Cassens (sophomore, Stockton, Ill.) tied for 25th at 89-92—181, Ali Kallsen (freshman, Hinton) was 34th at 96-91—187 and Emily Fisher (sophomore, Wapello) finished 38th at 99-93—192.
Shuey was two shots off her career-best round of 86 from a year ago.
“Chelsea played well,” Wilkinson said. “She’s been working hard and had one of her better rounds.”
Wilkinson likes the direction his squad is headed leading into the first two rounds of the 72-hole Iowa Conference tournament next Friday and Saturday at the par-72 Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls. Defending champion Wartburg is a heavy favorite. The Dutch hope to be back in the first division after slipping to fifth place last fall following four straight years of second-place finishes.
“We’ll all be chasing Wartburg,” Wilkinson said. “But the battle for 2-3-4 (places) will be a lot more competitive than the past.”
Pheasant Ridge features a fairly wide-open layout but the final 36 holes will be played at the more restrictive Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids Oct. 4-5.
“Elmcrest is very similar to the course we played today (Oneota) in how they play,” Wilkinson said. “It’s maybe even a little tighter but it’s very traditional with lots of big trees. You’re not going to lose your ball (with an errant drive) but you’re going to have to punch out and take a bogey.”