The Maquoketa Valley girls golf team capped off what was undeniably the most successful season in program history with an eighth-place finish in the 2019 Class 1A State Tournament at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown, May 28-29.
Boosted by a sixth-place individual finish from senior Kelly Winter, the Wildcats scored 394 as a team in the first round and 398 in the second for 792 to finish just four strokes behind seventh place Woodbury Central (788) and just 13 behind the 2018 state champion, Iowa Valley (779).
Winter, who shot 101 and 96 in a 44th-place finish at the state meet as a junior, showed just how far she has come in a year’s time by shooting 88 and 81 for 169 and sixth overall. Her second round score marked a career-low for the Wildcat front-runner.
“It’s been a great career for (Winter), so it was great to see her finish it off with both a team trophy as well as an individual award,” MV head coach Tim Andrews said. “We also want to give props to our lone (scoring) underclassman on this state team, Erika Supple. She is a consummate teammate and professional and continues to get better every year. We look for big things to happen next year with her leading the way.”
Supple, a junior, finished second for the Wildcats in 46th place, having shot 99 and 106 in two rounds for a combined total of 205. Senior Chloe Roling matched that score, finishing 48th with 103 and 102, while classmate Mady Moenck (104, 110, 214) rounded out the scoring four in 59th. Also competing was senior Faith Hunt 60th overall (106, 109, 215) and sophomore Kelsey Ries 72nd (119, 120, 239).
Andrews went on to point out that Maquoketa Valley will have the tall order of replacing four key seniors from this year’s team, with just one scorer and two total players returning for next season.
“It’s been an exciting season for our school’s golf program. It’s going to be tough saying goodbye to these senior girls, who have built such a strong foundation for our program the last four years,” Andrews said. “We will miss all of the seniors, but are thankful for all of the memories they have provided our team.”
Andrews added additional thanks for the entirety of Wildcat nation.
“Lastly, we want to thank everyone for all of the support our kids have received from administration, teachers, parents, and students. We appreciate every bit of it. None of this success would be possible without it,” Andrews said.
Bishop Garrigan won the team championship with 727 over the two sessions. Akron-Westfield (742) finished as the runner-up, and was followed in the top five by East Buchanan (750), Alta-Aurelia (757), Grundy Center (763). Maquoketa Valley finished second out of four first-year state qualifying teams, behind Grundy Center and ahead of Boyer Valley (818) and IKM-Manning (867).
Alta-Aurelia’s Annika Patton won the individual title after shooting 78 and 70 for a 148. CAM High School’s Sammi Jahde (154) was second, Clayton Ridge’s Courtney Olson (163) third, Woodbury-Central’s Sally Gallagher (163) fourth and Ed-Co’s Maddy Streicher (166) fifth.