OSKALOOSA — Waiting and hoping.
That's all that Centerville head girls golf coach Matt Kovacevich could do on Monday at the Oskaloosa Golf Club. The final group of the day had yet to make it back to the clubhouse, a group that included junior Elizabeth Zintz.
With two tickets to the Class 3A girls state golf tournament going to the teams with the two lowest scores, the Redettes were sitting at 404 with five of the six Centerville scores on the board. Pella, with all six of their golfers in the clubhouse, had an official total of 403.
With Grinnell locked in as the regional team champions with a 382, Kovacevich needed Zintz to bring home a score of 108 to vault past the Little Dutch. Zintz did even better, carding a 100 which allowed the Redettes to finish with a team score of 394, booking a fourth straight trip to state for the squad from Appanoose County.
"It was a long day with tough course conditions considering the amount of rain that Oskaloosa has gotten over the past couple of days," Kovacevich said. "I'm proud of our girls. This course sets up with the back nine being more difficult than the front nine, but our girls really seemed to handle the back nine well in order to fend off Pella."
Bella Amador-Lacson led Grinnell to the team title, winning individual regional championship honors by nine strokes over Pella senior and fellow state individual qualifier Halie Veestra. Amador-Lacson navigated both sides of the Oskaloosa Golf Club with front and back sides of 42 for an overall round of 84.
Hannah Bailey (fourth with a 94) and Taylor Shinn (seventh with 96) would have qualified for state individually for Centerville. After placing sixth in the Class 3A state tournament last year, the Redettes had their work cut out for them this year to qualify for state after losing two of their top three golfers (Emily Moorman and Cheyenne Chapman) from last year's squad.
As it turned out, it was Centerville's fifth individual in the six-player lineup that provided the Redettes with the round that punched a ticket to compete next week at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny.
"That's been our key to success each of these past four years. We've never really had just one girl that went out there and shoot an incredibly low score, but we've had a team that goes six-deep and all play really well," Kovacevich said. "That's what we stress within our program. It's a total team effort. We've got to count on every single girl to do their part. It's been that way for each of the past four years."
The Fairfield girls golf season ended with teammates Megan Higgins and Lindy Kaska competing in the 3A regional tournament. Higgins finished with a round of 113, finishing 27th overall, while Kaska finished with a 152. Both golfers will return next season as head coach Joe Kruzich will be looking to put the Trojans back in the hunt with a full team competing next spring.
"We may not have had enough golfers to compete for team wins, but the one thing I can say about the girls that showed up this year is that they never let that fact get them down," Kruzich said. "We had three girls come out this year. Those that came out worked hard to get better. I'm excited to see what they can do when with a full team around them next season."
Class 3A Regional Tournament
At Oskaloosa Golf Course
Yardage: 6,832; Par 72
Team Scores (*-Top 2 qualify for state): *-1. Grinnell 382, *-2. Centerville 394, 3. Pella 403, 4. Carlisle 429, 5. South Tama 432, 6. Bondurant-Farrar 454, 7. Clarke 457, 8. Oskaloosa 486, 9. Knoxville 501, 10. Keokuk 535.
(*-Top 7 qualify for state)
*-Bella Amador-Larsov, Grinnell, 42-42—84
*-Halie Veenstra, Pella, 46-47—93
*-Hannah Bailey, Centerville, 47-47—94
*-Amy Sullivan, Knoxville, 44-50—94
*-Madison Elliott, Grinnell, 47-49—96
*-Madison Rohach, South Tama, 46-50—96
*-Taylor Shinn, Centerville, 49-47—96
Caitlin Clark, Clarke, 47-50—97
Kennedy Sorenson, Carlisle, 48-49—97
Maddie Schrack, Grinnell, 48-51—99
Lauren Van Wyk, Pella, 50-50—100
Elizabeth Zintz, Centerville, 51-49—100
Maddy Bolte, Grinnell, 49-54—103
Elizabeth Meng, Centerville, 52-52—104
Brenna Hamberg, Bondurant-Farrar, 51-54—105
Karissa Galeazzi, Pella, 49-56—105
Reagan Van Wyk, Pella, 51-54—105
Taylor Lekin, South Tama, 53-55—108
Sarah Munn, Carlisle, 48-60—108
Gwen Upah, South Tama, 53-55—108
Maddie Dicks, Bondurant-Farrar, 49-60—109
Taylor Shinn, Centerville, 53-57—110
Nikki Parlet, Oskaloosa, 48-63—111
Chloe Zintz, Centerville, 50-61—111
Emma Parsen, Carlisle, 57-55—112
Lillie Peterson, Carlisle, 48-64—112
Megan Higgins, Fairfield, 52-61—113
Ashlee Smith, Oskaloosa, 58-56—114
Sydney Ruhl, Keokuk, 53-62—115
Elise Tharp, Bondurant-Farrar, 57-58—115
Natalie Ames, Keokuk, 57-59—116
Emily Van Norden, Pella, 58-58—116
Breanna Selson, Clarke, 53-64—117
Taylor Ray, South Tama, 52-68—120
Elayna Irving, Clarke, 57-64—121
Kenna DeVore, Clarke, 58-64—122
Ashlyn Laybon, South Tama, 57-67—124
Jenna Fuchs, Bondurant-Farrar, 59-66—125
Brooke O'Shea, Keokuk, 56-89—125
Sydney Slocum, Oskaloosa, 61-69—130
Maddi Graves, Knoxville, 55-76—131
Ava VandeWall, Oskaloosa, 58-73—131
Kaitlyn Anderson, Knoxville, 62-71—133
Kadence Jochims, B-ND, 62-72—134
McKenna Clark, Carlisle, 63-72—135
Megan Boyd, Bondurant-Farrar, 66-70—136
Tierney Heffron, Knoxville, 74-67—143
Faith Hatch, Knoxville, 64-82—146
Erin Silzer, Clarke, 65-82—147
Olivia Wendt, Bondurant-Farrar, 74-76—150
Lindy Kaska, Fairfield, 64-88—152
Kate Froelich, South Tama, 76-77—153
Kamryn Banks, Oskaloosa, 68-86—154
Jadad Wisman, B-ND, 65-90—155
Isabella Day-Suhr, Knoxville, 71-86—157
Bailey Bender, Keokuk, 75-104—179