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Whittington wins Trojan Tournament

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:10 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:21 a.m. CDT
(Atlantic News-Telegraph photo by DREW HERRON)
Hunter Sickels of Creston/O-M follows through on a drive in the Trojan Tournament at Atlantic. Sickels was fifth in the tournament with an 18-hole score of 77.

ATLANTIC — Creston/Orient-Macksburg junior Carson Whittington won medalist honors, as the Panthers finished 10 strokes behind Atlantic for the team title at the Trojan Tournament here on Tuesday.

Whittington finished five strokes clear of Harlan’s Ross Martins and Atlantic’s Travis Olsen and Evan Schuler, who each shot rounds of 74.

Whittington posted an even-par round of 69. Hunter Sickels finished fifth overall for the Panthers with an 18-hole score of 77.

“Playing 18 holes at Atlantic was a good warmup for the conference tournament, which we host at Crestmoor on Monday,” assistant coach Kristopher “Kritter” Hayes said. “Carson played great and dominated the rest of the field, shooting five strokes better than the runner-up. Our team didn’t play its best golf, but stayed positive throughout the day. Atlantic’s entire team played very well and deserved the win.”

Nodaway Valley’s Delson Grantham, fresh off a Pride of Iowa Conference individual and team championship Monday in Afton, finished 10th overall in the individual standings.

Atlantic placed five players in the top 10 of the individual standings in beating the Panthers by a team score of 304-314.

Creston/O-M, previously undefeated this year, will look to avenge the loss Monday as the Panthers host the Hawkeye 10 Conference Tournament at Crestmoor Golf Club.

The Panthers will also look to defend their Hawkeye 10 Conference championship.

The Creston/O-M girls golfers finished tied for sixth place in the girls tournament at Nishna Hills Golf Course on Tuesday.

The Panthers totaled a team score of 425, tying with Denison-Schleswig for sixth. They finished one stroke behind Harlan for fifth place. Clarinda won the team title with a score of 373, just ahead of Atlantic’s 374.

Freshman Madison Hance led the Panthers with an 18-hole score of 90, finishing third place overall.

Atlantic Golf and Country Club

Team standings — 1. Atlantic 304, 2. Creston/O-M 314, 3. Harlan 337, 4. Nodaway Valley 339, 5. Norwalk 342, 6. Winterset 343, 7. Denison-Schleswig 346, 8. Kuemper Catholic 353, 9. Shenandoah 360, 10. Red Oak 387, 11. Glenwood 389, 12. Clarinda 400.

Individual standings — 1. Carson Whittington, Creston/O-M, 69; 2. Ross Martins, Harlan, 74; 3. Travis Olsen, Atlantic, 74; 4. Evan Schuler, Atlantic, 74; 5. Hunter Sickels, Creston/O-M, 77; 6. Sam Markham, Atlantic, 77; 7. Ben Nelson, Atlantic, 79; 8. Nick Barry, Atlantic, 80; 9. Brandon Bjoin, Atlantic, 80; 10. Delson Grantham, Nodaway Valley, 80.

Creston/O-M (314) — Carson Whittington 69, Hunter Sickels 77, Sam Hartsock 84, Kainen Somers 84, Coleton Hoepker 85, Christian Groumoutis 85.


Nishna Hills Golf Course

Team standings — 1. Clarinda 373, 2. Atlantic 374, 3. Norwalk 398, 4. Shenandoah 400, 5. Harlan 424, 6. Denison-Schleswig 425, 7. Creston/O-M 425, 8. Winterset 427, 9. Glenwood 498.

Individual standings — 1. Brooke Fletcher, Atlantic, 80; 2. Ellie Shane, Clarinda, 89; 3. Madison Hance, Creston/O-M, 90; 4. Bailey Walter, Atlantic, 91; 5. Kristen Fichter, Atlantic, 91.

Creston/O-M (425) — Madison Hance 90, Shelby Palser 109, Sarah Waigand 113, Maranda Ford 113, Ashtyn Riley 125.

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