Tigers get fifth as a team, have two top -ten finishers individually

By Clint Cole

Sports Editor

It was a banner year for the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn girls’ golf team for the spring season. They won the Raccoon River Conference Championship and, not stopping there, took second at their regional meet in Carroll and advanced to the state tournament as a team, which took place last Monday and Tuesday at Ames Golf and Country Club in Ames.

"I told them at the beginning of the year that we just wanted to be the best that we could be at the end," A-D-M coach Cris Goodale said. "All year the stats just kept getting better and better. We were happy to break 200 at the beginning of the year and now 187s in the state tournament. That’s pretty good."

Lexi Owen, Hayley Willems and Taylor Boorn qualified individually for the state tournament through the regional meet in Carroll, while Nicole Bever, Tania Telford and Lindsey Lange got to compete as well with the Tigers qualifying on a team basis as well.

The Tigers took fifth place overall, shooting 758 as a team through two rounds. They shot 378 on day one and 380 on day two.

A-D-M had two golfers achieve top-ten finishes overall at the meet. They were Lexi Owen and Hayley Willems. For Goodale, this is the sixth girls’ team he’s taken to the state tournament, but this is the first time he’s had two girls finish in the top ten in the state.

Owen took sixth place overall, finishing 30 strokes behind Maddie Bertsch of Cedar Rapids Xavier, the Class 4A champion. Owen shot 90 in her first round on day one and followed that up with 89 in her second round on day two.

Willems rounded out the top-10 with 182 strokes through two days. She shot 89 on day one and 93 on day two.

"Lexi (Owen) did a nice job all year, she was consistent," Goodale said. "Hayely (Willems), she was consistent and she had a lot on her mind. Her dad’s had surguries and stuff like that and yesterday (Tuesday) he had surgury and I couldn’t believe she played as well as she had and she still hung in there and shot well, so it says a lot for them."

Boorn was next best on the team, finishing 22nd with 191 through two days. She shot 92 on day one and 99 on day two.

Nicole Bever finished in 38th place overall and was the Tigers’ fourth-best at the tournament shooting 206 through two days while Telford took 54th overall with a score of 231 strokes. Lange rounded out the scoring for the Tigers and finished in 56th overall, shooting 236 through two days at the tournament.

The Tigers were in fourth place after day one as a team, but dropped two strokes on day two to finish in fifth. Goodale said the team was disappointed about that when the tournament was over.

"The other teams played well and we played consistent," Goodale said. "We were only two strokes worse yesterday than we were (on Monday) but we fell backwards and the girls felt bad. I’m like ‘hey, you did great.’ Beginning of the year if you had told me we were going to be in the state (tournament) and shoot a 378 and a 380 I would have thought you were crazy."