With a second-place finish, by a measly two strokes, the Western Dubuque girls have punched their ticket to the Iowa High School State Class 4A Golf Tournament, June 1-2, at Ankeny’s Otter Creek Golf Course.
Their total of 356 trailed winner Cedar Falls at 354, but both teams led the rest of the field at Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course in Waterloo by a wide margin. In third was Cedar Rapids Washington 369, followed by Mason City 402, Waterloo West 404, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 418, Dubuque Senior 423, Jefferson 433 and Fort Dodge 513. Waterloo East did not have a team score, with just three golfers.
The Bobcats’ MaKenna Stackis pulled down medal honors with a 78 (39-39). Hannah Fangman also qualified in the individual competition with 84 (40-44), good for fifth overall. The rest of the top six advancing as individuals are Cedar Falls’ Amara Lytle 80 (40-440) and Marley Richter 81 (38-43), Washington’s Emma Sorg 84 (41-43) and West’s Chase Doland 90 (46-44).
Ella and Hanna Kluesner were the final counting scores for the Bobcats, with 95 (44-51) and 99 (47-52). Addy Jones shot 110, Ava Hosch 123 in non-counting roles.
Coach Amy Haldeman added, “McKenna continues to impress, as medalist today. This girl just keeps getting better and better and has a lot of confidence flowing right now. Both she and Hannah qualified as individuals. Hannah shot 84 and knows it could have been better but she stuck with it till the end.
“The girls were a little nervous from the start and some settled down and some had a tougher time finding their groove. Our number 3-4 Kluesner twins struggled throughout the round but scored well enough to get the scores we needed. We really missed Gabi Fagerlind as she is always in the hunt, scoring right in the 90s which also would have helped. But we dedicated the day to her because she was attending her brother’s funeral.”
Leading the other non-advancing teams were Leyla Grawe, of Kennedy 97, Kylie Felderman and Olivia Duschner, of Senior, 99, Alyssa Alert, of Mason City 99, Alexis Kenney, of Fort Dodge 101, Kylee Thomas, of Jefferson 105 and Alyssa Fanhauser, of East 118.