It was a record-setting day for Waukee at the Ames Invitational on Monday.
Parker Howe broke the school record for the lowest individual score with a 5-under 66, earning himself medalist honors and helping the Warriors win their fifth consecutive tournament this season.
Waukee finished with a team score of 285, easily outpacing Ankeny Centennial (304) and West Des Moines Valley (309). Aaron DeNucci added an even 71, good for third overall, while Connor Littlefield and Tripp Kinney each shot 74s.
"These guys have answered the bell at every tournament they have played in," coach John Kotz said. "It’s fun watching them prepare and grind it out each tournament. We still have a third of our season left, but it’s been a lot of fun so far."
Ankeny Invitational (9-11)
Waukee won the Ankeny Invite for the first time on Sept. 11 with a 2-over 286, beating Centennial for the third time this season by just one stroke.
Littlefield was medalist with a 3-under 68, while DeNucci was fifth with a 71. Howe (73) and Kinney (74) locked in the team score at the 10-team tournament.
"This was a huge win for us," Kotz said. "This tournament is loaded with talent every year."
Waukee also claimed its first victory at the Ottumwa Invitational on Sept. 10, beating the tournament hosts for the top spot, 307-313. Kinney’s 75 led the Warriors, while Howe and Littlefield finished with 77s. Tom McLaughlin added a 78.
The team’s first — and so far this season, only — loss came in a head-to-head battle with Southeast Polk on Sept. 9 in a 152-153 loss at Terrace Hills in Altoona.
Howe and Kinney carded 37s, while DeNucci, Littlefield and Luke Fegen finished with 40s. The Rams’ Brandon Nordman shot a 1-under 34 to win medalist honors.
"We knew Southeast Polk was a good team and we thought the meet would be close," Kotz said. "We just couldn’t putt the way we needed to.
"It’s tough to see a blemish on the record, but it’s pretty hard for a boys’ golf team to go undefeated for a season," he added. "We need to accept what happened and keep working toward the big picture."
Southeast Polk (9-9)