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Panther golfers split with Clarinda

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:08 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:28 a.m. CDT
Creston/O-M sophomore Madison Hance connects on a drive at the par-4 fifth hole at Crestmoor Golf Club on Monday. The Panther girls lost to Clarinda, but Hance earned runner-up honors with her round of 48.

The Creston/Orient-Macksburg golf teams split with Clarinda on Monday, as the girls fell at home 199-212 and the boys picked up a road win against the Cardinals 155-163.

The Panther boys found themselves in a tight battle with Clarinda.

Clarinda freshman Carlton Rahn set the tone for the Cardinal by winning medalist honors with his round of 2-over par 35.

Coleton Hoepker led the way for the Panthers with his round of 3-over par 36 to take runner-up honors. Hunter Sickels carded a 37 and Carson Whittington finished with a round of 38.

Senior Maxx Walters rounded out the scoring for the Panthers with a round of 39. Kyle Somers shot a 41 and Christian Groumoutis finished with a 42.

“We didn’t play our best golf, but it was enough for the team win,” Creston/O-M assistant coach Kristopher “Kritter” Hayes said. “The consensus was that the conditions were tough out there tonight. The wind was blowing and the greens were tough to gauge speed.

“We were able to experience playing the ball down for the first time this year, which was a positive moving forward. It is a good feeling coaching a team that is out on the practice green as soon as their round ends, always looking for a way to improve for the next time.”

Senior Evan Nielsen recorded the best junior varsity score of the day with a round of 41.

The Panther boys travel to Ballard today for an 18-hole tournament.


The Panther girls battled a strong wind out of the north during the home match with a Clarinda team that won Thursday’s Fillie Invitational at Shenandoah.

Sophomore Madison Hance took runner-up honors for the Panthers, carding a round of 48. Sarah Waigand shot a 54, while Camryn Somers and Shelby Palser each finished with rounds of 55 to round out the team scoring. Hannah Hagle recorded a 59.

“Great night for golf and we had a team,” Creston/O-M head coach Jan Lesan said. “The Creston/O-M girls were very consistent in their scores. Coach Hayes and I are very proud of these kids. They just keep getting better.”

The Panthers return to action Thursday at home as both the boys and the girls host Southwest Valley at Pine Valley.

Crestmoor Golf Club


Creston/O-M (212) — Sarah Waigand 54, Madison Hance 48, Hannah Hagle 59, Camryn Somers 55, Shelby Palser 55.

Clarinda (199)

Medalist — Maddy Davidson, Clarinda, 45. Runner-up — Madison Hance , Creston, 48.

Clarinda Country Club


Creston/O-M (155) — Coleton Hoepker 36, Hunter Sickels 37, Carson Whittington 38, Maxx Walters 39, Kyle Somers 41, Christian Groumoutis 42.

Clarinda (163)

Medalist — Carlton Rahn, Clarinda, 35. Runner-up — Coleton Hoepker, Creston/O-M, 36.


Creston/O-M (170) — Evan Nielsen 41, Sam Hartsock 43, Michael Stults 43, Jaaron Kautz 43, Nick Noecker 46, Tyson Tucker 46, Jake Routh 55, Dillon Bailey 58, Blake Eddy 58.

Clarinda (209)

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