A busy week of competition that saw Western Dubuque play four times in five days was highlighted by the Bobcats taking the first-round lead in the 2020 Dubuque City Meet, at The Meadows, in Asbury, Sept. 23.
Breezy conditions and quick greens made for a challenging day. Western Dubuque leads the team race in the two-round meet — which concludes, Oct. 1, at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club — with a team tally of 328, to lead second-place Dubuque Wahlert at 334. Dubuque Senior finished at 357 and Hempstead 360.
Wahlert’s Ben Vaassen tops the individual leaderboard at 77, with Western Dubuque’s Jax Stelzer close behind at 78. Davis Stelzer and Senior’s Nate Obink finished at 79.
Jackson Webber’s 84 and an 87 from Karson Skrtich were the other counting scores for the Bobcats, while Max Naumann was at 88 and Jackson Skrtich 90 to complete the WD top six.
“Everyone seemed to have some rough holes, but did a nice job keeping it together and getting us in the lead,” said Bobcat coach Ben Wilson. “We are right where we need to be heading into the final leg next week.”
A Mississippi Valley Conference triangular meet at St. Andrews Golf Course, in Cedar Rapids, opened the week for the Bobcats, Sept. 21.
Cedar Rapids Xavier fired a crisp 155 to take first with Western Dubuque second at 172 and Waterloo East a distant third at 219.
Clayton Nurre’s 34 led a trio of Xavier players in the top three places, with Mathew Schmitt at 38 and Charlie Allen 39. Jax Stelzer led Western Dubuque at 40, Davis Stelzer followed at 42 with Webber and Karson Skrtich at 45. Jackson Skrtich and Nolan Vaske each finished at 55.
The Cedar Falls Tiger Invitational featured state-tournament caliber competition, Sept. 22, at Beaver Hills Country Club, and the hosts dominated the team race, firing a 291 to outdistance runner up Waukee at 314.
CR Washington was third at 320, CR Prairie fourth at 323, followed by fifth-place Linn-Mar at 324. Marshalltown was sixth at 326 and Western Dubuque seventh at 331. Dubuque Hempstead (355), Dubuque Senior (357) and Muscatine (361) completed the field.
Max Tjoa, of Cedar Falls, was the individual winner, shooting 68, and teammate Luke Meyer was second at 72. Davis and Jax Stelzer tied for eighth at 77 to pace Western Dubuque. Webber finished at 88, Naumann 89, Jackson Skrtich 94 and Karson Skrtich 95 for the Bobcats.
A return to more familiar surroundings at Thunder Hills completed the week, Sept. 25. A scheduled MVC quad was reduced to a two-team dual featuring the Bobcats and Washington, and this time around it was Western Dubuque finishing on top, firing a fine round of 151 to defeat the Warriors at 170.
The Bobcats had three players in the 30s — Jax Stelzer and Webber at 36 and Davis Stelzer at 37. Naumann and Karson Skrtich finished at 42, with Vaske at 47. Wash was led by Nile Peterson at 40.
‘We played as well as we have all season,” said Wilson. “We are really looking to keep it going. Great work of Jax Stelzer and Jackson Webber to finish co-medalists.”