COLFAX — A warm spring day gave the Colfax-Mingo and Lynnville-Sully golf teams a chance to get in some South Iowa Cedar League competition at Colfax Country Club on Thursday.
The two teams squared off in a head-to-head battle, and the Tigerhawks swept the night.
The C-M boys defeated Lynnville-Sully 204-252. The L-S girls did not have enough golfers for a team score. Colfax-Mingo’s girls won the day with a 221.
“This wasn’t our best meet for being on our home course,” Colfax-Mingo coach Nick Noring said. “Overall, we are staying consistent with most of our scores.”
Each program was able to celebrate a medalist.
The boys’ winner was Colfax-Mingo junior Ahren Teed as he won medalist honors by four strokes over senior teammate Jake Dunsbergen. Teed shot a 45, while Dunsbergen carded a career-best 49.
“Ahren has really bought into being the No. 1 guy on this team,” Noring said. “He’s staying consistent with his style of game and really setting the tone for the of the team.
“It was great to see Jake Dunsbergen step up and finish as the runner-up today. He’s been challenging himself all year, and this was a great breakout performance for him.”
Lynnville-Sully senior Holden Jansen was third with a 54, and Colfax-Mingo sophomore Brady Berkey and junior Skyler Aikin both shot a 55. L-S junior Abram Collins was next with a 56.
There was a three-way tie at the top in the girls’ race. Winning medalist honors by way of a scorecard playoff was Lynnville-Sully junior Tessa Van Maanen. Van Maanen and Colfax-Mingo juniors Delaney Underwood and Chelsea Russell all turned in a 52.
“Delaney had an off night and was still in contention for medalist honors,” Noring said. “She needs to get more mentally tough on these off nights and not let one hole carry over to the next. She is a competitor, and I am very confident tonight was a learning moment and she will prevail.
“Chelsea has been working really hard on her craft. Seeing her finish third in a cardback was phenomenal. I can’t wait to watch her compete and improve with her confidence from here on out.”
Lynnville-Sully was not at full strength because of a conflicting music concert. Only four boys and two girls competed Thursday.
“Tessa continues to be consistent in her shots and scores at each meet and tonight her best score of the season was good enough to take medalist honors,” L-S co-head coach Jennifer Kramer said.
Teed and Dunsbergen had two pars on the day. Both golfers had a par on the par 3 No. 7. Teed and Jansen both recorded pars on the par 4 No. 6. Dunsbergen’s other par came on the par 4 No. 8.
The Tigerhawks’ two non-counting scores came from junior Nic Duffy and senior Wyatt Smith, who shot a 57 and 65, respectively. The Hawks’ two non-counting scores were turned in by junior Cade Dibello and freshman Luke Kramer. Dibello shot a 68, and Kramer carded a 74.
“The weather finally cooperated for us and it was a nice night to have a meet,” Kramer said. “I think our golfers struggled on the Colfax course as the greens seemed to be pretty fast.”
Sophomore Sydni Hostetter shot a 58 and junior Camilla Schlosser carded a 59 for the Tigerhawk girls’ other two counting scores.
The non-counting scores came from sophomore Brielle Reed and senior Jessica Zahn, who shot a 61 and 65, respectively.
“I was really proud of all of the girls for the way they strive to compete and play the best they can each night,” Noring said.
The only other L-S golfer to compete on the day was senior Skyler Young. She finished with a 77.
The Tigerhawks had eight junior varsity golfers.
Leading the way for the boys was freshman Jason Rhinehart, who shot a 62. Senior Jarod Nichols turned in a 66, freshman Brode Nichol had a 67 and freshman Jake Nichols carded a 77.
Leading the junior varsity girls for Colfax-Mingo was junior Reghan Robinette, who shot a 67. Sophomore Shanen Shedenhelm finished with a 68, freshman Kira Warrick carded an 81 and junior Shaylee Shedenhelm shot an 83.
Colfax-Mingo makes up an SICL triangular with BGM and North Mahaska at 4:15 p.m. Friday in Colfax.
Lynnville-Sully faces Sigourney in an SICL dual at 4:15 p.m. Monday in Lynnville.