NEXT MAN IN
Panther boys win H-10 title without Whittington
No Carson Whittington, no problem for the Creston/Orient-Macksburg boys golf team.
With the defending Class 3A individual state champion leaving the golf course before competition began on Tuesday because of illness, the Panthers threw the next man in into the lineup and still won a Hawkeye 10 Conference championship at Majestic Hills Golf Course in Denison.
The Panthers recorded a team score of 308, finishing seven strokes clear of runner-up Harlan’s 315. The Cyclones had the individual conference champion in Ross Martens, who finished the day with a round of 72.
That next man in for the Panthers was junior Sam Hartsock, who filled in admirably for Whittington, leading the way with a fourth-place finish, shooting a round of 75.
“Without Carson Whittington, Sam Hartsock steps in to play,” Creston/O-M head coach Jan Lesan said. “Sam shoots a 75 to lead Creston to a win.”
Christian Groumoutis shot a 77 to finish sixth overall, while Kyle Somers carded out Hunter Sickels for eighth place, as both shot rounds of 78.
That placed four Panther golfers within the top nine of the tournament, without Whittington.
“I felt like the guys really wanted to prove how deep our team really is, and how we can win with anyone,” Sickels said. “Great motivator for sectionals at Atlantic on Friday.”
Hartsock stayed calm filling in for Whittington and took full advantage of the opportunity.
“We knew it would be tough without him,” Hartsock said. “We also knew we had six guys that are capable of shooting a good score. We won, we move on. Friday is when our season begins.”
Coleton Hoepker recorded a score of 80 for the Panthers, while senior Maxx Walters shot 84.
“This season is over with,” Lesan said. “Our next season — the road to state — starts Friday.”
Meanwhile, at Fox Run Golf Club in Council Bluffs, the Creston/O-M girls had a successful day as well, finishing fourth with a team score of 390.
Kuemper Catholic won with a score of 336. Creston finished just ahead of Harlan (394) and Shenandoah (397) for fourth place.
“A fourth place team finish at the Hawkeye 10 Conference Meet is something to be very proud of,” Creston/O-M assistant coach Kristopher “Kritter” Hayes said. “These girls earned their fourth place finish. The course played very difficult and putting was a challenge all day.”
Sophomore Madison Hance led the way for the Panthers, carding a score of 93 to finish 11th overall as an individual.
Fellow sophomores Shelby Palser and Camryn Somers each finished the day with scores of 98. Hannah Hagle recorded a 101 to round out the team scoring for the Panthers.
Senior Sarah Waigand shot a round of 108 for the day.
“Madison Hance found her way around the back nine, shooting a 40, which helped our team greatly,” Hayes said. “The girls were excited about representing Creston/O-M with fourth place. They are starting to realize the potential they have and today was an example of that.”
The Panther girls play in the Class 4A Region 2 finals at Edmonson Golf Club in Oskaloosa on May 27.
Fox Run Golf Club
Team standings — 1. Kuemper Catholic 336, 2. Atlantic 350, 3. Clarinda 367, 4. Creston/O-M 390, 5. Harlan 394, 6. Shenandoah 397, 7. Red Oak 448, 8. Lewis Central 454, 9. Denison-Schleswig 471, 10. Glenwood 498, 11. Council Bluffs St. Albert 529.
Creston/O-M (263) — Taylor Hance 49; Jenna Johnson 66; Logan Kinyon 70; Amber Davison 78.
Medalists — 1. Morgan Naberhaus, KC, 77; 2. Mara Masching, KC, 77; 3. Brooke Newell, Atl, 82; 4. Bailey Walter, Atl, 87; 5. Courtney Snyder, KC, 87; 6. Leah Brooke, Clar, 88; 7. Brooke Fletcher, Atl, 90; 8. Erin Olsen, Atl, 91; 9. Samantha Swanson, Clar, 92; 10. Lexi Brown, Clar, 93; 11. Madison Hance, Creston/O-M, 93; 12. Amber Gross, Har, 94.
Majestic Hills Golf Course
Team standings — 1. Creston/O-M 308, 2. Harlan 315, 3. Atlantic 318, 4. Denison-Schleswig 332, 5. Shenandoah 333, 6. Glenwood 339, 7. Kuemper Catholic 360, 8. Lewis Central 362, 9. Clarinda 376, 10. Red Oak 384.
Creston/O-M (308) — Sam Hartsock 75, Christian Groumoutis 77, Hunter Sickels 78, Kyle Somers 78, Coleton Hoepker 80, Maxx Walters 84.
Medalists — 1. Ross Martens, Har, 72; 2. Parker Eller, Den, 73; 3. Kobe Rhodes, Glen, 75; 4. Sam Hartsock, Creston/O-M, 75; 5. Evan Schuler, Atl, 77; 6. Christian Groumoutis, Creston/O-M, 77; 7. Jake Olsen, Atl, 77; 8. Kyle Somers, Creston/O-M, 78; 9. Hunter Sickels, Creston/O-M, 78; 10. Jackson Baker, Shen, 79; 11. Micheal Sorfonden, Har, 80; 12. Zac Stork, Atl, 80.