By Allison Graham
Paige Van Dyk plays in home meet on April 11. Van Dyk finished first at 39.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham
TAMA - With the Tama-Toledo Country Club opening their course the STC Trojans were able to host their first home golf event of the season. It was a beautiful day as the sun shone brightly and there was a slight breeze in the air. The boys and girls golf teams challenged West Marshall on Friday April 11. Trent Banes and Paige Van Dyk took the first place spots for the Trojans. The top three finishers on the STC boys team all placed higher than the top West Marshall scorers tied between Cole Gilmore and Eric Newton at 48 each. Senior Van Dyk looks to defend her state title and has had a strong start to the season.
STC BOYS VARSITY RESULTS - Trent Banes 44; Colson Frakes 46; Kolton Smith 47; Clayton Rosenburger 48; Taylen Anderson 49; Donovan Horne 51
STC BOYS JV RESULTS - Alec Hill 48; Talon Lamb 54; Darien Taylor 54; Wyatt Hintermeister 57; Jake Thiessen 67; Nathan Weiss 84. STC finished first with 185 points with West Marshall trailing behind at 219 points.
"I thought we did good for not playing any rounds on our own course. This was only our second round of golf all year so many of the kids are still working their kinks out. Some of our JV players did improve their scores from the last meet by 20 strokes. Wyatt Hintermeister went from shooting a 70 on Tuesday to a 54 on Friday, and Colson Frakes, Alec Hill, and Trent Banes really improved their scores from all shooting in the 50's to shooting in the low to mid 40's. I am really looking forward to see how well this group of kids can be this year. We have a good senior/junior group with a lot of young players fighting for Varsity spots", said coach Nate Doran.
STC GIRLS VARSITY RESULTS - Paige Van Dyk 39; Carrie Cibula 47; Laurel Scharnweber 56; Erin Clayton 62; Trisha Walz 68; Shellene Lacina 66;
STC GIRLS JV RESULTS - Beca Sokol 79; Katie Chyma 68; Aubrey Pansegrau 70. STC finished first with 204 points while West Marshall's team score was 225.
"I think as a team we did well for our first meet. There is definitely room for improvement in our scores, but for not being able to get on a course to play a round until the day before our meet the girls played well. A lot of them were disappointed in their putting, so I want to try to focus on that in practice. Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of practice time between meets these first couple weeks. Until we can get out on the course more during practice, they just need to feel the greens out and adjust to the conditions. Paige Van Dyk was the overall winner with a 39 and Carrie's 47 also helped bring our team score down. Laurel had one bad hole, but still shot a 56 so if she can get a few strokes better and then get another score in the mid 50's we'll do pretty well. Their goal for our next meet (Tuesday the 15th) is below 200", said coach Melinda McDowell.