ADEL - For the third time in four years the Nevada girls’ golf team is headed to the state meet after winning the Class 4A regional meet at the River Valley Golf Course near Adel Monday.
Nevada shot a 374 over 18 holes to beat Creston by four strokes for the team victory. Both teams advanced to the 4A state meet.
“I am very proud of the effort and preparation that our girls put into making this a reality,” Nevada head girls’ golf coach Mike Lawler said. “I really felt like the preparation we did throughout the season paid off today. We played a lot of difficult courses and this was our eighth 18-hole event this season. These girls have developed the stamina and the mindset to really play strong in these situations. They have worked so hard and have been so dedicated to what we’re doing and I’m just incredibly happy for them to have achieved this success. They really earned this one. Hopefully we can keep it going for another week.”
Senior Claire Ausman will be golfing at state for the fourth year in a row. Ausman was the medalist and an individual state qualifier at River Valley after turning in a strong 18-hole score of 82.
Ausman shot a 39 in and a 43 out to edge Creston’s Ashton Carter by one stroke for medalist honors. Creston’s Sophia Groumoutis carded an 87, ADM’s Lindsey Lange an 88 and Pella’s Lauren VanWyk an 89 as the other individual state qualifiers from the meet.
The Cubs’ Chloe Davis just missed the individual state cut. Davis shot a sixth-place score of 92 with two identical rounds of 46.
Emma Griffin and Kelby Rewerts each carded a 100 to turn in the other counted scores for Nevada. Griffin shot two rounds of 50 and Rewerts put up a 53 in and 47 out.
Brittny Bottorf and Madison Huynh also competed at the regional meet for Nevada. Bottorf shot two rounds of 52 to score a 104 and Huynh produced a 122 with rounds of 63 and 59.
The 4A girls’ state golf meet will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown. Competition begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. both days.
Final team scores (18 holes): 1. Nevada 374, 2. Creston 378, 3. Pella 396, 4. Perry 403, 5. DCG 435, 6. Norwalk 441, 7. Carlisle 443, 8. ADM 445, 9. Ballard 448, 10. Winterset 488, 11. Bondurant-Farrar 527, 12. Knoxville 552.
Nevada (374) - Claire Ausman 39-43-82, Chloe Davis 46-46-92, Emma Griffin 50-50-100, Kelby Rewerts 53-47 100, Brittny Bottorf 52-52-104, Madison Huynh 63-59-122.