NEVADA – The Nevada girls’ golf team moved one step closer to qualifying for state after winning the Class 3A regional first round meet at the Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada Monday.
Nevada shot a 378 over 18 holes to easily outdistance the rest of the field and advance. South Hardin turned in the next-best score with a 406 and Waterloo Christian placed third out of eight teams with a score of 410.
"The regional meet was a battle all day," Nevada head coach Mike Lawler said. "We started out the meet about a half hour late and only played about two holes when we had a lightning delay for about 45 minutes. Once we got going again the winds stayed pretty steady at about 30 miles per hour, so there was a lot to deal with in addition to nerves."
But those obstacles proved easily surmountable for a veteran and talented group of Cub golfers.
"We didn’t start off too hot, but the girls kept their focus and bounced back," Lawler said. "I have to give credit to their strong mental game as much as I do their ability to hit shots in contributing to the success we’ve been having."
Christine Ausman was medalist runner-up for Nevada – just missing out on medalist honors.
Ausman shot 42 on both the front and back-nine holes to finish with an 84. South Tama’s Paige VanDyk also shot an 84 with rounds of 40 and 44 and she won a card-back for medalist.
"Christine’s experience and senior leadership really came through on a day like today," Lawler said. "She knows what to expect and is constantly getting better at managing her game."
Maddie Beauchene and Claire Ausman both carded a 96 to finish seventh and eighth respectively for Nevada. Beauchene had two nine-hole scores of 48 and Ausman rebounded from a 53 on the front to shoot an impressive 43 on the back nine.
"Christine and Maddie were steady for us and Claire had a fantastic comeback," Lawler said.
Megan Pringnitz shot a 52 on the front nine and shaved two strokes off that score on the back to finish with a 102 as the final scored golfer for Nevada. Katie Heiden turned in rounds of 51 and 54 to finish with a 105 and Chloe Davis shot 55 and 51 to score a 106 for the Cubs.
"Megan, Katie and Chloe all did a great job of steady play and staying away from big numbers," Lawler said. "When the results came in, I think it showed how solid our whole team is, which is what you need to compete at this level. I look forward to things coming together in the next couple weeks."
South Hardin’s Alaina Lake shot a 91 to place third individually. Waterloo Columbus’ Cassidy Boe carded a 92 to finish fourth and South Hardin’s Haley Lawrence finished with a 95 as the final golfer to individually qualify for the second round.
The 3A regional second round meet will take place next Tuesday, May 27 at the Kalona Golf Club in Kalona.
Final team scores (18 holes): 1. Nevada 378, 2. South Hardin 406, 3. Waterloo Columbus 410, 4. South Tama 415, 5. Iowa Falls-Alden 432, 6. Hampton-Dumont 445, 7. Center Pointe-Urbana 459, 8. Union 488.
Nevada (378) – Christine Ausman 42-42-84, Maddie Beauchene 48-48-96, Claire Ausman 53-43-96, Megan Pringnitz 52-50-102, Katie Heiden 51-54-105, Chloe Davis 55-51-106.
TAMA – The Nevada girls had a nice warm up for the opening round of regional golf Saturday as the Cubs took second in an 18-hole tournament at the Tama-Toledo Country Club.
Nevada shot a 366 over 18 holes to finish just behind Newton’s 363. Benton was the only other school in the seven-team tournament to finish with a score under 400 after recording a 386.
Christine Ausman shot an 84 with nine-hole rounds of 41 and 43 to lead Nevada. Her score trailed only the 80 shot by South Tama’s Paige VanDyk.
Maddie Beauchene carded a 90 with rounds of 44 and 46 and Claire Ausman tallied nine-hole scores of 49 and 45 to score a 94 for Nevada. Chloe Davis turned in the final counted score as she also finished with a score under 100 after producing rounds of 52 and 46 to finish with a 98.
Katie Heiden finished right at 100 and Megan Pringnitz shot a 103 to round out the varsity scoring for Nevada.
Final team scores (18 holes): 1. Newton 363, 2. Nevada 366, 3. Benton 386, 4. Independence 414, 5. South Tama 420, 6. Grinnell 424, 7. Vinton-Shellsburg 442.
Nevada (366) – Christine Ausman 41-43-84, Maddie Beauchene 44-46-90, Claire Ausman 49-45-94, Megan Pringnitz 52-51-103, Katie Heiden 49-51-100, Chloe Davis 52-46-98.
POLK CITY – Nevada used strong balance to pull off a victory in a quadrangular meet with Ogden, North Polk and Greene County May 13 at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City.
The Cubs had six golfers shoot a 55 or better, finishing with a team score of 197 to beat out Ogden’s 205 for the victory. North Polk ended up with a score of 233 and Greene County didn’t qualify for team scoring with only three golfers competing.
Freshman Claire Ausman took charge on the difficult course for Nevada as she shot a 43 to earn medalist honors. Ogden’s Emily Rhinehart was medalist runner-up with a 44.
Ausman’s older sister Christine – an individual state qualifier last year – also shot under 50 for Nevada as she recorded a 48 to place third individually.
Maddie Beauchene and Chloe Davis shot a 51 and 52 respectively as the other counted scorers for Nevada. Megan Pringnitz and Katie Heiden both finished with a 55 for the Cubs.
Final team scores (nine holes): 1. Nevada 197, 2. Ogden 205, 3. North Polk 233.
Nevada (197) – Christine Ausman 48, Maddie Beauchene 51, Claire Ausman 43, Megan Pringnitz 55, Katie Heiden 55, Alexis Houseman 61, Chloe Davis 52, Cassandra Brower 69.