Looking at the results of the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet, it’s going to be quite a battle at the Dubuque County meet next month. Dubuque Senior, Western Dubuque, Wahlert and Hempstead were separated by only seven shots in the season-opening event at St. Andrews Golf Course in Cedar Rapids Aug. 15.

Cedar Falls appears to again be the team to beat in the MVC, winning with a total of 300, while Cedar Rapids Washington was close behind with a total of 305. Linn-Mar, led by meet medalist Dillon Burr’s 70, was third at 309. Kennedy was fourth at 311, led by runner-up Brock Barnhart’s 71, Cedar Rapids Xavier fifth at 320, Cedar Rapids Prairie sixth at 321, followed by Dubuque Senior (323), Western Dubuque (323), Wahlert (328), Hempstead (330), Waterloo West (349), Iowa City Liberty (353), CR Jefferson (387), Iowa City High (391) and Iowa City West (394). Waterloo East did not field a complete team.

Western Dubuque’s brother tandem of Jax and Davis Stelzer led the Bobcats with identical scores of 77, with Casey Perrenoud’s fine round of 82 and Max Naumann’s 87 rounding out the counting scores. Nathan Vaske and Karson Skrtich completed the lineup, shooting 95.

Bobcat coach Ben Wilson was pleased with the early-season play of his team, saying, “We played pretty well, but we have room for improvement. I am happy with our progress and the guys are itching to get back out and improve their scores.”

There was not much time to wait, as Western Dubuque traveled to Muscatine for the Muskie Invitational the following day, and came home with a fourth-place finish.

Pleasant Valley took the title in the 13-team meet at 332, followed by Davenport Assumption and Muscatine at 338, while the Bobcats totaled 345.

Evan Lystuik, of Assumption, took individual honors at 74, while Western Dubuque’s Jax Stelzer finished in a five-way tie for second at 78. Naumann’s 83, Perrenoud’s 88 and Vaske’s 95 were the other counting scores.

“It was a tough course at Geneva in Muscatine,” said Wilson. “We didn’t play our best against good competition and had to grind it out most of the day.”