It took just one meet for the Waukee boys’ golf team to overcome their one stroke loss to West Des Moines Valley as the Warriors claimed victory in the Turk Bowman Invitational Monday, September 10.
It was a Goliath field of 15 teams that made their way onto the Veenker Memorial Golf Course but none were better than the Waukee Warriors who carded a first place round of 305. The meet consisted of eight top 15 Class 4A schools including Waukee. Interestingly enough, it was Valley who came in second with 310 strokes for the meet, followed Marshalltown in third with a score of 319.
Waukee was aided by four golfers inside the top 15 scores including three within the top ten. Sophomore Jack Starr broke out in a big way carding a score just one off of his season best and two off of the top spot with a three-over par 75 to place third. Bennett Pedersen, who led Waukee last time out, placed sixth Monday by carding an 18 hole round of 76. That score was matched by Griffin Parker who placed seventh while Charlie Steer entered the conversation placing 13th with a score of six-over par 78 which clinched the tournament victory for Waukee.
It was a great bounce back win for the Warriors and showcased a lot of positives for Warrior head coach John Kotz.
“This tournament win was hard fought and well deserved by the boys,” began Kotz. ” The pins were set very tough today and some in places I didn’t know existed on this course. The poise by our players really paid off with a solid mental game on some tricky greens.”
The Warriors came into the meet looking for their depth to aid them after the absence of Michael Vicente but all questions were soon answered as the meet went on. The likes of Steer and Tyler Townsend answered the call perfectly and impressed the likes of coach Kotz.
“We needed someone to step up with not having Michael (Vicente) in the line up and we had several golfers answer the call,” began Kotz. “Steer played a consistent round and brought in a valued score which ended up clinching the tournament win. Tyler Townsend fought hard the whole round and did the best he could with such short notice that he’d play in the meet.”
Even for those who didn’t put up their best outings, there was still positive feelings surrounding the Warriors as they left the meet.
“Griffin and Bennett had a couple of struggles but continued to grind it out for good scores,” started Kotz. “Jack Utsler gained some valuable experience today even though he didn’t score where he wanted to. He will bounce back just as others have so far.”
The first place victory now gives the fourth ranked Warriors a 28-3 record on the season. Next on the docket will take the Warrior boys to the Fort Dodge Country Club today, followed by an out of state to the TPC Deer Run Golf Course in Silvis, Illinois.