Freshman Brock Wilson fired a one-under-par 70 to lead Western Dubuque in the first round of the MVC Mississippi Valley Divisional golf meet, at Brown Deer Golf Course, in Coralville, Sept. 13.

“Brock had a great day,” said Bobcat coach Ben Wilson. “He finished with two birdies to get to 70.”

The Bobcats fired a team score of 310, but in a field consisting of several MVC powerhouse squads, that total was good for only fifth place in the standings.

“I am happy with the number, but Washington showed they can compete with the best in the state too,” Wilson said. “It looks like we need to keep working that team score down to around 300 to have a chance to get to state.”

Cedar Rapids Washington led the pack with 295, as meet medalist Nile Peterson carded a four-under 67. Cedar Falls and CR Prairie were right behind at 298, an improving Iowa City Liberty team finished at 308 on its home course, and the Bobcats were two strokes behind Liberty. Dubuque Wahlert was sixth at 316, Linn-Mar seventh at 319 and Iowa City, City High was eighth at 390.

Individually, Max Tjoa, of Cedar Falls was second at 68, while Owen Sawyer, of Cedar Falls and Western Dubuque’s Wilson in a third-place tie at 70.

The young Bobcats again showed solid depth, as Jackson Webber was in the house at 76, Tyler Skrtich 80, Davis Stelzer 84, Nolan Vaske 85 and Brayden Webber 92.

“Jackson overcame a late double to finish with 76, and Tyler, who has never shot in the 70s, almost got that 79,” Coach Wilson added. “Davis had a poor day, but finished his last three holes under par to grind out that 84.”

Western Dubuque played host in an MVC quadrangular, at Thunder Hills, Sept. 15, and finished third, as Cedar Rapids Prairie and CR Kennedy fired matching team scores of 148 and the Bobcats finished at 155. Linn-Mar was fourth at 165.

Freshman Tyler Skrtich paced WD with a 35 to finish second individually, behind Prairie’s Payton Burns, who scorched the course with a three-under 33. Kennedy’s Gannon Hall and Reid Hall were next in line at 36, and Linn-Mar was led by Matt Buse at 37.

“Quite a day for another freshman. Tyler is playing really good golf and had a great nine holes,” said Ben Wilson. “He was under par early and then had a three-putt bogey, but finished with a birdie on nine to finish with his first-round ever under par.”

Jackson Webber and Stelzer finished at 39, Brock Wilson and Vaske 42, Jackson Skrtich 43 and Nathan Roling 51.

“The guys were a little disappointed we didn’t stay a little closer to Prairie and Kennedy, but I can live with 155 today,” said Wilson. “We still have room to improve and can get down to around 150 so we have a shot at 300 for the district meet.”