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Panther sophomore Hance ties for 31st

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:34 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:33 p.m. CDT
Creston/O-M sophomore Madison Hance hits a fairway shot on the sixth hole at Ames Golf and Country Club during Tuesday's girls state tournament. Hance shot 101-98 — 199 to tie for 31st place in Class 4A.
Madison Hance of Creston/O-M holds the state participant plaque she received from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union at the Class 4A state tournament Tuesday.

AMES — Creston/O-M sophomore Madison Hance gained some valuable experience despite not contending for a medal in the Class 4A girls state golf tournament here Monday and Tuesday.

Hance tied Newton’s Shelbey Cochran for 31st place in the 36-hole competition at Ames Golf and Country Club with rounds of 101 and 98 for a total of 53-over par 199.

Hance began on the back nine both days, shooting 52-49 on Monday and 48-50 on Tuesday on the par 73 course.

“This was a great experience for Madison as a sophomore,” Panther coach Jan Lesan said. “She’s used to playing at Afton and at Crestmoor, which are more hilly. This is a flat course and you can get in the trees. She got more comfortable in playing the course on the second day, but she struggled a little with her short game today. The greens have waves in them, they’re not just flat. You have to read the greens and play the breaks.”

Hance said she was more relaxed Tuesday after playing the course once.

“It did help to kind of know where things were at,” Hance said. “But I struggled on my chips and putts. But a lot of my longer shots were a lot better than yesterday. I was inconsistent with direction yesterday.”

Hance was unable to match her state-qualifying performance of an 87 in regional play at Oskaloosa.

“I’m really proud of myself for even making it,” Hance said. “It was kind of lucky, because regional was my best score ever for 18 holes.”

The dual-sport athlete who also ran on the track team this spring shows promise for state contention in her two remaining golf seasons, assistant coach Kristopher Hayes said.

“It’s good to see her smiling today, because I know she was disappointed in how she played yesterday,” Hayes said. “There’s a lot of pressure on that first day. She’s got two more years. I think she could be back. We’d like to have our whole girls team here someday. The future is looking good.”

Class 4A medalist was Maddie Bertsch of team champion Cedar Rapids Xavier at 3-over 74-75 — 149. ADM (Adel) was fifth.

Class 3A competition was also held at the Ames Golf and Country Club, and the Hawkeye 10 Conference had a banner day as Atlantic won its fourth team title, and first since 1990, with a score of 695. Carroll Kuemper Catholic was second at 715.

Sophomore Erin Olson led Atlantic with a fifth-place finish at 87-77 — 164.

“I love it,” Lesan said. “The Hawkeye 10 was pretty good!”

Lesan announced the team banquet for boys and girls golf will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Crestmoor Golf Club. Families are not required to bring anything.

Class 4A girls

Team scoring — 1. Cedar Rapids Xavier 691; 2. Charles City 746; 3. Newton 747; 4. Mount Pleasant 755; 5. ADM (Adel) 758; 6. Western Dubuque 761; 7. Dubuque Wahlert 767; 8. Washington 780.

Individual leaders — 1. Maddie Bertsch, Xavier, 74-75 — 149; 2. Grace Winker, Xavier, 78-78 — 156; 3. Allison Vandemore, Maquoketa, 81-83 — 164; 4. Megan Joerger, Charles City, 82-85 — 167; 5. Bailee Wallace, Waverly-Shell Rock, 87-84 — 171; 6. Lexi Owen, ADM, 90-89 — 179; 7. (tie) Sarah Frischmeyer, Grinnell, 92-88 — 180 and Jessica Reynolds, Newton, 90-90 — 180.

Class 3A girls

Team scoring — 1. Atlantic 695; 2. Carroll Kuemper Catholic 715; 3. Clear Lake 723; 4. Nevada 731; 5. Dyersville Beckman Catholic 746; 6. Mid-Prairie 770; 7. Unity Christian 775; 8. Clarion-Goldfield 806.

Individual leaders — 1. Paige VanDyk, South Tama County, 75-73 — 148; 2. Emily Snelling, Clear Lake, 78-73 — 151; 3. Alex Krehbiel, Central Lee, 77-78 — 155; 4. Brooke Klostermann, Beckman Catholic, 83-77 — 160; 5. Erin Olsen, Atlantic, 87-77 — 164; 6. (tie) Alex Mankle, Okoboji, 86-80 — 166, Christine Ausman, Nevada, 85-81 — 166 and Brooke Fletcher, Atlantic, 85-81 — 166.

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