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A sour day of weather couldn’t keep the Mid-Prairie boys golf team down. They’re moving on to this week’s district meets.
Coach Kelby Bender said the team avoided rain during the round, but it rained around 20 minutes before the start, keeping the temperature down for the rest of the day.
The Golden Hawks dug in and took third place, but since Williamsburg, the meet host, was in the top two, Mid-Prairie was moving on.
Noah Schlabaugh had the best score of anyone on the day, shooting a 79. Mid-Prairie got a season-best score out of Ryan Slaubaugh with an 84. His score was good for fourth overall. Ryan Smit scored a 91. Collin Gingerich and Monte Slabaugh both shot a 93 to round out team scoring. Michael Callahan shot a 103 on the day.
With the third-place finish, the Golden Hawks will now travel to Wapello and play at Heritage Oaks on Friday morning. Only the top two teams will advance to the state meet.
“The golfers made some great adjusts to the conditions and how the course changed as the day went on,” Bender said. “Four posted better scores on the back nine which was key.”
Mid-Prairie (347) — Noah Schlabaugh 79, Ryan Slaubaugh 84, Ryan Smit 91, Collin Gingerich 93, Monte Slabaugh 93, Michael Callahan 103.
Team Rankings — Williamsburg 341, Central Lee 341, Mid-Prairie 347, Van Buren 355, Mediapolis 381, Wapello 386, Louisa-Muscatine 392, Columbus 433.
Mid-Prairie third in RVC
The Mid-Prairie boys golf team placed third at the River Valley Conference meet at Muscatine Municipal Golf Course last week, with three Golden Hawks earning All-Conference honors.
Noah Schlabaugh led the way for the Golden Hawks, finishing fifth overall with a 79 stroke score. He said he went into the meet expecting to compete for a win, but couldn’t get the speed of the greens down correctly. His fifth-place finish earned the sophomore a spot on the RVC Elite team.
“I think I have my irons and driving figured out, so now I just need to nail down speed of the greens and chipping,” Schlabaugh said.
West Branch’s Ted Bridges was the individual champion with a 75-stroke round.
The Golden Hawks then had two honorable mention All-Conference members in Collin Gingerich and Ryan Slaubaugh. Gingerich scored an 87 and Slaubaugh an 88.
Both seniors, they made the All-Conference team for the first time in their high school careers.
Slaubaugh said he felt like he was hitting well off the tees and that led to his successful round.
“It was really my putting that got me not as low of a score as it could have been, but I still got honorable mention so I’m super proud of it,” he said.
The team score was rounded out by Monte Slabaugh, who hit a 90. Slabaugh had the lone birdie of the day for the Golden Hawks, hitting a two on the three-stroke hole 17. Ryan Smit had a score of 92 and Michael Callahan hit a 97.
The Golden Hawks finished third in the team race at 344 strokes. That put them 13 strokes behind RVC champion Wilton at 331 and 12 strokes behind runner-up West Branch.
Mid-Prairie (344) — Noah Schlabaugh 79, Collin Gingerich 87, Ryan Slaubaugh 88, Monte Slabaugh 90, Ryan Smit 92, Michael Callahan 97.
Team Rankings — Wilton 331, West Branch 332, Mid-Prairie 344, Tipton 345, Regina 351, Monticello 360, Cascade 361, Durant 368, Bellevue 375, North Cedar 378, West Liberty 384, Camanche 412, Northeast 418.