June 20, 2021

L-S’ Smock, C-M girls advance to regional golf finals

Smock wins medalist by 16 strokes, Tigerhawks finish second in team race

NORTH ENGLISH — It may not always be this easy for Lynnville-Sully sophomore Greenlee Smock.

But so far this season, Smock has yet to be beaten and she’s rolled through South Iowa Cedar League competition.

She faced plenty of SICL schools again on Monday at the Class 1A Region 5B tournament and her 16-stroke win pushed into next week’s Region 5 final.

“It’s truly amazing to watch her play at the level she is,” L-S golf coach Jeff Knouse said. “To win a region by 16 strokes is truly remarkable. She obviously has a busy week with state track but we will make sure to find some time to fine tune her game to prepare her for Monday.”

Smock advanced to the regional final with a 79 at Knoll Ridge Golf Club. Macy Moore of North Mahaska was the runner-up but was 16 shots back with a 95.

Sigourney won the Region 5B championship with a 402. Colfax-Mingo was the runner-up and also advanced to the regional final with a 437. The rest of the five-team field included Lynnville-Sully (450), Montezuma (490) and Baxter (499).

The top two teams advance to Monday’s regional final at Prairie Knolls Country Club in New Sharon.

The top six individual finishers also advance. The only golfers in the top six who were not on a qualifying team were Smock and Moore.

Sigourney hogged most of the top individual qualifying spots as golfers from the Savages went 3-4-5-6-7.

Colfax-Mingo’s Charlotte Donahue would have been an individual qualifier if the Tigerhawks were not in the top two. She fired a 105 to lead C-M. That put her in a tie for sixth.

Colfax-Mingo had a consistent day on the course as Carley Underwood (106) was ninth, Kira Warrick (109) finished 11th and Holland Robinette (117) tied for 14th with L-S’ Brooke Maston (117).

After Smock and Maston for L-S was Callista Hackert (120) and Dakota Bokhoven (134).

“These girls have competed hard all season long and that didn’t change today,” Knouse said. “I still love the potential that this team has to do great things, and I look forward to next season to see what they can do.”

Baxter was led by Sophie Meyer, who played in the top two finishers’ group. Meyer shot a 110 to finish 12th overall.

The rest of the Bolts’ lineup included Allison Colyn (118), Corryn Padget (124), Calleah Frink (147), Kinley Beathards (165) and Hallee Rainsbarger (192).