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Newton girls finish fifth in Marshalltown

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:43 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:51 a.m. CDT

MARSHALLTOWN — The Newton girls golf team traveled to Marshalltown on Tuesday morning to take on seven other teams in an 18-hole meet held at American Legion Golf Course. After having its home invitational cancelled last week due to weather, and being forced indoors for several days as well, the team was still able to put together a solid fifth place finish against some of the better teams from Classes 1A, 2A and 4A.

Newton coach Scott Enyart was discouraged by the weather itself this past week, but he was fairly encouraged by what he saw from the girls.

“Seven of the eight scoring 9-hole rounds were under 50,” Enyart said. “That’s very encouraging, and it’s a lot more consistent scoring. You know the weather was a tricky thing. Just when you think things are going good and you’re hitting your stride, the weather interrupts your rhythm. But I was really proud of the consistent play from the girls, and this should allow us to gain traction going forward.”

The highest finishing girl for the Cards was Madigan Hillyard, whose 91 placed her tied for 11th. Hillyard had pars on the par-5 third, the par-4 fourth and the par-3 seventh hole on the front nine to go along with a par on the 14th hole. The 91 was a personal best for Hillyard, as was her back nine score of 45.

“Madigan is really striking the ball well right now,” Enyart said. “She’s been very consistent in that area lately.”

The next highest finishing Cardinal girl was Madeline Wellik, who shot a 97 with a 49-48 split between nines. Her round included pars on the seventh and 10th holes along with bogeys on holes four, eight, nine, 11, 13, 15 and 18. She was tied for 16th overall.

Third for the Cardinals was Shelby Cochran. She was tied for 19th with splits of 49-49 to give her a 98 on the day. It was a personal best 18-hole round for her and her first time breaking 100. Cochran had a par on the third hole as well as bogeys on holes one, six, seven, nine, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18.

The final scoring round for the Cardinals belonged to Carrie Cunningham, who shot a 102 with nines of 54 and 48. Her round placed her 27th overall. She had a rocky start to her round, but she rallied with pars on seven and nine to right the ship, and she dropped six strokes on the back nine. She also had pars on 12 and 13 to go along with bogeys at six, 14, 15, 16 and 18.

The Cardinals’ next meet is scheduled for Saturday at South Tama.