A bit of home cooking was just what Davis Stelzer and the Western Dubuque golf team needed, as the Bobcats shot a season-best 310 and Stelzer took individual honors in the 2019 Bobcat Invitational at Thunder Hills Country Club, Aug. 26.
Stelzer’s round of 70 was good for a one-stroke win over Pleasant Valley’s Jack Roemer, with PV’s Jack Dumas third at 72. David Schwartz, of Bettendorf, and Western Dubuque’s Jax Stelzer tied for fourth at 76 with Wahlert’s Nick Splinter sixth at 77.
“This is the first time we have had an individual champ in our tournament,” said coach Ben Wilson. “The two kids from PV are two of the best players in the state, and for Davis to beat them he had to play exceptionally well. He’s been on a hot streak lately.”
Pleasant Valley, with four players scoring in the 70s, took the team title with a total of 299 with the Bobcats close behind and Wahlert third at 319. Bettendorf was fourth at 321, Dubuque Senior (330) fifth, Hempstead (331) sixth, Muscatine (344) seventh, Clinton (364) eighth and Davenport Central (414) ninth.
The Bobcats showed some much-needed depth on the way to their runner-up finish, with Max Naumann continuing his fine play to finish at 80, and Casey Perrenoud carding a solid round of 84. Karson Skrtich fired a 92 and Nathan Vaske was close behind at 93.
“If everyone keeps playing well, we will be positioned for a great season the rest of the way,” added Wilson.
Western Dubuque continued its positive momentum, Aug. 29, with a second-place finish at the Linn-Mar quadrangular at Hunter’s Ridge in Marion, where the Bobcats will compete in Class 4A district play, as Davis Stelzer again led the way with a one-under-par 35.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy, led by Iowa State recruit Brock Barnhart’s three-under 33, led the pack at 156 with the Bobcats close behind at 160. Host Linn-Mar was third at 164 and Cedar Rapids Prairie fourth at 178.
Jax Stelzer was part of a logjam in third at 40, Perrenoud finished at 41, Naumann 44, Skrtich 46 and Curtis McGrane 49.
“I am really pleased with how the team played today,” said Wilson. “I like the progress we have made this year and expect to keep playing well.”