NORTH ENGLISH — Lynnville-Sully senior Tessa Van Maanen took her first step in earning a return trip to the Iowa Class 1A state girls’ golf tournament. Van Maanen shot a personal-best 85 for the first round of regional action on Monday.
Van Maanen earned medalist honors at the 1A Region 4B tournament at Knoll Ridge Golf Course in North English. She had rounds of 45 and 40 with a birdie on No. 16, a par-3, and six pars in her 18 holes of play.
Montezuma’s Waverly Roorda also shot an 85 and was the runner-up medalist.
Van Maanen and Roorda recorded the two low scores among all 1A Region 4 golfers in the three first-round regional tournaments.
“Tessa had a fabulous day. She has put in a lot of hard work this season and it’s great to see it paying off,” Lynnville-Sully coach Alison Knouse said. “Her drives were good, her approach shots were good and everything started to click.”
Van Maanen and Roorda advanced to the Class 1A Region 4 final on May 20 at Diamond Trail Golf Course in Lynnville. The regional final had been scheduled for the Brooklyn-Victor Country Club in Brooklyn but was changed to Diamond Trail.
“We are so excited for Tessa as she will compete in the second round of regionals next Monday at Diamond Trail in Lynnville,” Knouse said. “The rest of the team fell short to moving on to the second round of regionals.”
Iowa Valley took the Region 4B team title with a 391 and North Mahaska had a 421. Both teams advance to the regional final tournament in Lynnville. Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks shot a 438 for third place.
Sigourney took fourth at 443 followed by BGM at 444. Host English Valleys was sixth at 464 and HLV had a 504 for seventh. Montezuma did not have a full team to compete at the regional tournament.
Junior Kenzi Lanser finished 17th overall with a 111 (59-52) and senior Shaleah Van Wyk’s 116 (60-56) put her 18th. Rounding out the four-player score for the day was freshman Brooke Maston’s 126 (66-60).
Also playing for the Hawks were senior Kayla Van Dyke with a 127 (58-69) and freshman Dakotah Bokhoven with a 169 (88-81).
“The girls have a lot to be proud of this year. We started the year with only two returners. And only those two had played golf before,” Knouse said. “We finished the year with nine girls playing and truly competing within the conference — something they haven’t been able to do as a team in a few years.”
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