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The Iowa Mennonite boys won their opener in a triangular meet between conference foes Highland and Lone Tree by shooting a 222 as a team at the Kalona Golf Club.
That 222 was powered by returning No. 1 Trevor Leyden, who was the meet medalist at 45 strokes and runner-up London Schrock at 53 strokes. Iowa Mennonite rounded their varsity lineup out with Bronze Slabach at 57 strokes and Max Martens at 67 strokes.
Leyden said it was nice to pick up right where he left off last year and take meet medalist honors.
“It feels good since we haven’t been able to practice a ton. It feels good coming out scoring what I was shooting towards the end of last year and making improvements,” Leyden said.
He said team-wise, the win was impressive due to the absence of some members of the team.
‘We’re picking up where we left off last year, getting some nice wins,” Leyden said. “The guys did really good and we’ve got some guys gone on a trip so some of the other guys are stepping up and it was nice to see.”
Next up was Lone Tree, nine strokes behind Iowa Mennonite at 231 and led by Payton Lorack, who shot a 56 on the day. Lorack said his day started off pretty poorly, but said that seems to be normal for him and he’s moved on and settled in. After a nine on the par-five hole three, he didn’t shoot more than a double-bogey the rest of the way.
“I think everyone was really nervous about the first meet because a lot of our team is young and new. I think after this we’re all going to be okay and do better,” he said.
Lone Tree’s varsity score was filled out with Cory Krueger at 57, Erik Edens at 57 and Curtis Patterson at 61.
Lorack said he was very happy with the team performance, because now in his third year golfing for Lone Tree he said this is the first time they’ve placed above another team in a dual or triangular meet.
Highland was led by Brady Hahn, who had the lone birdie at the meet on the day by shooting a three on the par-four hole five. Hahn finished with a 61 stroke score.
“It feels pretty good, we’ve been kind of stuck in the performance studio and it feels good to actually get out and play,” Hahn said.
Highland shot a 260 team score, with Hahn at 61, Richard Dunbar at 64, Grady Yeggy at 65 and Colton Melliger at 70.
On the girls side of the meet, there were no team scores kept with players missing due to music trips and track meets.
The meet medalist honors went to Highland’s Kayla Cerny at 64 strokes and runner up was Lone Tree’s Abby Buckman at 65 strokes.
The Highland freshman called the meet “nerve-wracking” and said her first few holes were disappointing, but then things picked up. She said it just feels nice to have the payoff after a long pre-season due to cancellations.
“It feels great, practice was getting kind of stale with no payoff and now we finally get the payoff,” she said.
The Iowa Mennonite girls were led by Lara Kliewer at 67 strokes.
Iowa Mennonite had a meet postponed on April 9, that was supposed to take place at Cedarcrest in Columbus Junction and have a home meet scheduled for April 12, at the Kalona Golf Club against Mediapolis.
Lone Tree was slated to golf at Keota on April 9, but snow postponed the meet. They were scheduled to golf Tuesday, April 10, in a home meet against Highland and Iowa Valley. They also have scheduled meets traveling to Louisa-Muscatine on April 12 and Mediapolis on April 16.
Iowa Mennonite (222) — Trevor Leyden 45, London Schrock 53, Bronze Slabach 57, Max Martens 67.
Lone Tree (231) — Payton Lorack 56, Cory Krueger 57, Erik Edens 57, Curtis Patterson 61, Jason Mullinnix 65, Austin Marshek 71.
Highland (260) — Brady Hahn 61, Richard Dunbar 64, Grady Yeggy 65, Colton Melliger 70, Zane Eagle 70, Brogan Carolan 79.
Highland — Kayla Cerny 64, Charlie Aicher 69.
Iowa Mennonite — Lara Kliewer 67, Kennedy Roth 98.
Lone Tree — Abby Buckman 65, Karli Burr 73, Bailey Pierson 90.