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AMES — Two Central College players secured American Rivers all-conference honors at the league women’s golf tournament Monday.

Freshman Mackenzie Biggs (Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) was the top rookie in the field, taking third place at 76-83-81—240 while sophomore Delaney Underwood (Mitchellville, Colfax-Mingo HS) was ninth with 82-80-84—246.

“That was really good,” coach Tabitha Schumacher said. “They’re pretty happy about that.”

But Luther College turned in its best round of the 54-hole tournament and slipped past Central in the team race, leaving the Dutch with their second straight fourth-place league finish at 333-343-344--1020. The University of Dubuque took the team title with 309-325-327—961 while Wartburg College shot 318-329-327—974 and Luther was third with 335-342-334—1011. Buena Vista University was fifth at 364-361-365—1090 with Simpson College at 365-369-384—1118 and Nebraska Wesleyan at 384-364-376—1124. The other two league schools were not able to field full squads.

Dubuque’s Daniela Miranda rallied to win medalist honors with 77-80-78—235 while last year’s winner, Luther’s Morgan Kranz, followed with 76-83-77—236. Biggs won a tie-breaker for third over Dubuque’s Madison Bowers, the second-round leader, who was fourth at 74-80-86—240.

Central’s Peyton Bytnar (freshman, Bettendorf) tied for 18th at 87-91-88--266, Whitney Anderson (sophomore, Sioux Rapids, Sioux Central HS) shared 22nd at 88-92-92--272 and Madison Clark (sophomore, Bloomington, Ill., Central Catholic HS) was 24th at 93-89-91—273.

“The wind was up again but we played well,” Schumacher said. “I’m still happy with how we played and proud of the players. We have a really young team so to be in that position and playing with the final group the last two days has been a really good experience for them.”

The tourney completed the fall season for the young Dutch squad, which didn’t have a junior or senior on the roster, leaving Schumacher enthused about the program’s future.

“There’s a lot to look forward to,” she said.

Schumacher said it was beneficial for her squad to get to play at all amid a global pandemic, when nearly every other NCAA Division III league postponed the fall seasons.

“We’re really grateful that we still had a championship and kind of a normal season,” she said. “The players had to definitely make a lot of changes and there have been challenges to it, but they’ve done really well.”

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