PELLA — Winds were more tolerable but persistent as the Central College women’s golf team saw progress in wrapping up the 36-hole the TPC Deere Run Invitational Tuesday.
After enduring 50-mile per hour gusts Monday, the Dutch steadied themselves to finish with 367-353—720. Central entered the day fifth in a 13-team field but final team standings were not yet available.
Freshman Mackenzie Biggs (Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) carded an 89-86—175 while Avery Woods (freshman, Long Grove, North Scott HS)followed with 89-88—177. Delaney Underwood (sophomore, Mitchellville, Colfax-Mingo HS) had 90-88—178 and Peyton Bytnar (freshman, Bettendorf)provided the elusive fourth score the Dutch were seeking with 99-91—190.Whitney Anderson (sophomore, Sioux Rapids, Sioux Central HS) had 107-105--212.
“I was excited by Peyton’s improvement,” coach Tabitha Schumacher said. “That was big to cut eight strokes. Having that fourth score really helps.”
The Dutch also had two at-large individuals withMadison Clark (sophomore, Bloomington, Ill., Central Catholic HS) at 105-102—207 and Rachel Sohn (freshman, Sutherland, South O’Brien HS) at 114-94--208.
“Overall, I was happy with how we played,” Schumacher said. “It was still kind of windy and we had to mentally grind it out. I think they were pretty exhausted at the end of the round.”
Central continues its abbreviated spring slate April 10-11 with the Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling at the Ironwood Golf Course in Normal, Illinois.
“We showed a little bit of rust but this showed us what we need to work on,” Schumacher said. “We’ve got some time now and I think the team is excited to work hard before our next tournament.”