Eight Iowa Conference championships
MARYVILLE, MO.—The Central College women’s golf team cut 23 strokes off of its team total from Friday’s round and improved its standing in Saturday’s final round of the Graceland Spring Invitational, finishing sixth out of 14 teams with 378-355—733.
Conditions were much more favorable on the par-72, 5,808-yard Mozingo Lake Golf Course, especially after a one-hour frost delay, and the Dutch moved up one spot in the standings.
“It was great to see us cut so many strokes from the first day to the second,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “It was pretty chilly, but the sun was out all day, the wind was not a factor and the waits were not as long on any individual hole. All of that made for better scores.”
Junior Taylor Hill (Treynor) fired an 88-83—171 to lead the team and finish tied for eighth in the medalist race. Sophomore Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) shot 94-93—187 to tie for 27th, while freshman Ali Kallsen (Hinton) showed the greatest improvement in the second 18 holes, improving 11 strokes to finish 100-89—189. Sophomore Chelsey Shuey (Ames) closed out the varsity scoring with 100-90—190, while classmate Jill Huffman (Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) rounded out the varsity lineup with 96-117—213.
“It was good to see Ali rebound and shoot better,” said Wilkinson. “Taylor had another good nine holes. If she puts together an entire round, she’ll be in contention at every tournament.”
Sophomore Nichole Malott (Tipton) played as an individual and carded 106-111—217.
“For our first tournament of the spring and these conditions, I’m pretty pleased,” Wilkinson said. “Hopefully we get in a good week of outdoor practice.”
William Penn took home the team title by 22 strokes over Ashford with 338-329—667. William Penn’s Demi Coertze also nabbed medalist honors with 77-83—160.
The Dutch return to the links next weekend at the Washington-St. Louis Invitational at Gateway National Golf Links in St. Louis, Mo. Central finished 14th of 20 teams at the invitational last season.