AMES — Gaining some familiarity with the site of next weekend’s American Rivers Championships, the Central College women’s golf team endured windy conditions to post a second-place finish at the DMACC Invitational Monday.
The tourney was staged at the par-71 Ames Golf & Country Club.
Iowa Western won the six-team tourney with 335 while Central shot 338 with Des Moines Area Community College at 358. Iowa Lakes had 368 with Buena Vista at 370 and Simpson at 397.
Sophomore Delaney Underwood (Mitchellville, Colfax-Mingo HS) shot 81 for the Dutch, tying Luisa Gibson of Iowa Western for second. Seira Kubo of Iowa Western took medalist honors with 80. Mackenzie Biggs (freshman, Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) shot 82 to tie for fifth, Madison Clark (sophomore, Bloomington, Ill., Central Catholic HS) shot 87, Peyton Bytnar (freshman, Bettendorf) had 88 and Whitney Anderson (sophomore, Sioux Rapids, Sioux Central HS) had 90.
The Dutch had three at-large entrants. Avery Woods (freshman, Long Grove, North Scott HS) had 92, Rachel Sohn (freshman, Sutherland) had 96 and Brielle Reed (freshman, Colfax, Colfax-Mingo HS) shot 114.
“It was really windy and the greens were quite a bit firmer than we’re used to so it took a while to figure that out,” said coach Tabitha Schumacher. “But we played pretty well. I know a lot of them felt like there were some strokes left out there. Madison (Clark) shot 39-48 so she definitely wishes she could go play the back nine again, but overall it was just nice to get another round under their belt on this course before the conference tournament.”
Schumacher is hopeful that conditions will be more favorable at the 54-hole, three-day league tourney which starts Saturday. Because this fall’s modified schedule was largely limited to competing with conference schools, there’s little mystery about the tourney favorites. The University of Dubuque has dominated play, while Luther College and Wartburg College are also expected to contend.
“It would be really great for the players to put together a couple of good team scores,” Schumacher said. “If we play well I think we can compete with Wartburg and Luther. For sure I want at least fourth place but if we play well, I think we can definitely up in the second or third position.
With a lineup of all freshmen and sophomores, it’s another opportunity to prepare for the future as well.
“Getting that experience on a course where the conference tournament is going to be for the foreseeable future is pretty exciting,” Schumacher said.