The Waukee boys golf team honored the beginning of school by winning their one-on-one match up against Mason City at the Highland Park Golf Course on Monday, August 23.

It was a close contest with the Warriors narrowly coming out on top by a 309-311 margin. Waukee was led by senior Michael Vicente who posted a round of 75, earning runner up status for the meet. Head coach John Kotz talked about Vicente’s performance afterward.

“Michael played well,” started Kotz. “It was a good 75 he shot. He had some penalty shots along the way and could have easily bumped that score closer to 80 like some other players.”

Fellow senior Griffin Parker added in a 77 to place second on the team, besting his prior season best 18 hole mark of 78. The scores for Waukee rounded out with yet another senior in Bennett Pedersen who carded a 78 while sophomore Jack Starr rounded out the team scoring with a 79, five strokes over his season best 18 hole mark.

It was a tale of two rounds for the Warriors who faltered slightly through the first nine holes but made a strong comeback on the back nine. Waukee head coach John Kotz mentioned that while it was good to get the win, it wasn’t the best outing by his team.

“We feel fortunate to have beaten Mason City,” began Kotz. “We played the course terribly. We didn’t respect the front nine on a course we hadn’t played before and we didn’t manage it well.”

Coach Kotz also talked about the strategy of the game for his team and the approach needing to be taken.

“It’s crucial to know when to take chances,” said Kotz. “On a course a player has never seen, there needs to be some caution.”

The sixth ranked Warriors are 2-0 on the young season inside conference play. They will tee it up next at the Fort Dodge Golf Invitational on Tuesday, August 28 at the Fort Dodge Country Club.