MUSCATINE — Mother Nature prevented the Ottumwa High School men’s golf team from completing a historic opening triangle of the season at the Iowa Alliance Conference’s premier sporting event.
Despite a few drops of rain on Friday, the Bulldogs were able to post their first results of the 2022 season at the Geneva Golf and Country Club. Ottumwa finished with an 18-hole team score of 381, ultimately finishing 10th in the 14-team tournament.
Iowa City Liberty was able to win the Tag Team Championship with a team score of 309, edging Pleasant Valley by four strokes with Central DeWitt finishing seven strokes behind the third-place Lightning while North Scott finished fourth eight strokes behind. of the best team. score. The action was even closer in the battle for the individual title with Burlington senior Mateo Rascon edging Iowa City Liberty junior JJ Grimm by just one stroke with a score of 72 as eight golfers finished within five strokes of the honors. medalists.
After unofficially opening the season with a round of 80 at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown, Chase Thompson posted Ottumwa’s lowest score on Friday with a round of 86 to finish tied at four for 32nd. on the field of 76 players. Dominick Rath’s official first round for the Bulldogs ended with an 88 to crack the top 40 while Logan Storto added a 97.
Stephen Brinegar added a 110 for the Bulldogs on Friday while Bryan Coulter notched a 120. Russell Ponce completed the scoring for Ottumwa with a round 122.
“We are very young and play very early on very difficult courses,” said Ottumwa boys head coach Kyle Creamer. “We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores who are in their very first competitions. It will be a good experience for us in the long run.”
Ottumwa is heading to the Grand View Golf Club in Des Moines to participate in an Iowa Alliance conference meeting on Tuesday.