Centerville girls golf

The Centerville Redettes qualify for their fourth straight trip to state. From left to right: Hannah Bailey, Taylor Shinn, Brinley Kauzlarich, Elizabeth Meng, Elizabeth Zintz, Chloe Zintz.

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."

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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.

Individual Leaderboard

(*-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