AMES – There were some jitters on day one, but by the second day, the Nevada girls’ golf team had hit its stride at the Class 3A girls’ state golf meet Monday and Tuesday at the Ames Golf and Country Club.
Nevada found itself in fifth place after the first day with an 18-hole score of 371. On day two, the Cubs cut 11 strokes off that score to shoot a 731 overall and beat Beckman Catholic by 15 strokes for fourth place in the final 3A team standings.
"I’m very happy," Nevada head coach Mike Lawler said. "We started out (day two) fifth and we got better. They never quit on me and the ride to get here was awesome. We’ve been getting a little bit better every year and we finally made it."
Nevada shot a 371 on Monday.
Maddie Beauchene helped keep Nevada in the top five after day one. She had one of the best showings of her career, carding an 88 as the team’s No. 2 golfer behind all-state performer Christine Ausman, who shot an 85. Christine’s younger sister Claire finished with a 90 on day one and Megan Pringnitz turned in the final counted score with a 108.
With the nerves out of the way, Nevada was much sharper as a team on Tuesday. Four of the six Cub golfers shot better on the second day.
Nevada ended up shaving 11 strokes off their day one score. That took them from fifth to fourth in the final team standings behind Atlantic, Kuemper Catholic and Clear Lake.
Christine turned in the best day two score for Nevada with an 81. Her total score of 166 put her in a three-way tie for sixth with Okoboji’s Alex Mankle and Atlantic’s Brooke Fletcher.
"I couldn’t be more proud of her," Lawler said. "She showed them what it took to make it here the last three weeks of practice. It was really helpful to have someone who’s been here and she was ready to go."
Christine ended up seventh after a card-back to determine sixth. She came in sixth individually a year ago, but her two day average of 83 topped the rain-shortened, one-day score of 84 she recorded at last year’s state meet.
"I played a little better than I did last year, so I’m happy about that," Christine said. "It would’ve been really nice to place in the top five, but this is definitely exciting. I never thought I’d go to state and do this well."
After competing by herself at state last year as an individual qualifier, Christine said it was much better to have her teammates with her the second time around at the Ames Golf and Country Club.
"It was just so much more fun than last year," Christine said. "We get to talk about all of our scores and how the day went. It has just been a lot of fun having the team here with me."
Ausman was especially glad to have her little sister Claire – a freshman – out golfing with her at the biggest meet of the year.
"She was pretty pumped to go this year," Christine said. "She helped us get here and was a huge part of the team this year."
Claire shot an 89 on day two finish with an overall score of 179. Beauchene carded a 94 Tuesday to end up with a 182 and Pringnitz cut an impressive 12 strokes off her opening day score to end up with a 204.
Davis shaved two strokes off her opening day score on Tuesday to finish with a 218. Heiden fought through an illness both days but still competed hard, scoring a 222.
Next season Nevada will have some big shoes to fill with the loss of Christine, plus another regular scorer in Pringnitz. But with everyone else back, there is plenty of potential for another trip to state in 2015.
"They have a good chance of making it next year and I hope they do," Christine said. "That’d be two in a row for Nevada and that’s never been done before. They could make history."
Atlantic won the 3A team championship with a score of 695. Kuemper Catholic was second with a 715 and Clear Lake took third out of eight teams with a 723.
South Tama’s Paige Van Dyk repeated as 3A individual champion. Van Dyke shot rounds of 75 and 73 to finish with 148 after carding a 72 to win last year’s 18-hole affair.
Clear Lake’s Emily Snelling was 3A medalist runner-up with a 151. Central Lee’s Alex Krehbiel came in third with a 155, Beckman Catholic’s Brooke Klostermann shot a 160 to place fourth and Atlantic’s Erin Olsen placed fifth with a 164.
Kuemper Catholic’s Morgan Naberhaus finished ninth with a 167 and Clear Lake’s Paige Backhaus rounded out the top 10 with a 169.
Final Class 3A team scores (18 holes): 1. Atlantic 360-335-695, 2. Kuemper Catholic 361-354-715, 3. Clear Lake 367-356-723, 4. Nevada 371-360-731, 5. Beckman Catholic 379-367-746, 6. Mid-Prairie 388-382-770, 7. Unity Christian 390-385-775, 8. Clarion-Goldfield 417-389-806.
Top 10 3A individual scores: 1. Paige Van Dyk (South Tama) 75-73-148, 2. Emily Snelling (CL) 78-73-151, 3. Alex Krehbiel (Central Lee) 77-78-155, 4. Brooke Klostermann (BC) 83-77-160, 5. Erin Olsen (A) 87-77-164, 6. Alex Mankle (Okoboji) 86-80-166, 7. Christine Ausman (N) 85-81-166, 8. Brooke Fletcher (A) 85-81-166, 9. Morgan Naberhaus (KC) 86-81-167, 10. Paige Backhaus (CL) 86-83-169
Nevada (731) – Christine Ausman 85-81-166, Claire Ausman 90-89-179, Maddie Beauchene 88-94-182, Megan Pringnitz 108-96-204, Chloe Davis 110-108-218, Katie Heiden 110-112-222.
KALONA – When the pressure was on the Nevada girls’ golf team was at its best May 27 at the Class 3A regional second round meet in Kalona.
With a trip to state on the line, Nevada dominated the rest of the field at the Kalona Golf Club. The Cubs shot a season-low 349 over 18 holes to beat the other state qualifier – Mid-Prairie – by 24 strokes for the title.
"We went in knowing we had the talent to win, but hoping to place at least second," Nevada head coach Mike Lawler said. "It was an amazing day for all of us. I could not be more proud of this team and the effort of these young ladies."
Christine Ausman and Claire Ausman both stepped up with an 82 to place third and fourth individually for Nevada. Christine shot two rounds of 41 and Claire finished with a 40 on the front nine and 42 on the back.
South Tama’s Paige Van Dyk was the individual medalist with a 75 and Central Lee’s Alex Krehbiel was medalist runner-up with a 78. Williamsburg’s Kelsa Berkland was the other individual state qualifier with an 89.
Maddie Beauchene and Megan Pringnitz turned in the other counted scores for Nevada. Both finished under 100 as Pringnitz shot a 91 and Beauchene carded a 94.
Katie Heiden delivered a 103 and Chloe Davis recorded a 111 as the other varsity competitors for Nevada.
Final team scores (18 holes): 1. Nevada 349, 2. Mid-Prairie 373, 3. Williamsburg 375, 4. South Hardin 400.
Nevada (349) – Christine Ausman 82, Maddie Beauchene 94, Claire Ausman 82, Megan Pringnitz 91, Katie Heiden 103, Chloe Davis 111.