In a performance that will ring throughout history, the Dallas Center-Grimes girls golf team punched their first-ever team ticket to the state golf meet.
Their tickets were punched Monday, May 20 at Willow Creek Golf Course where they battled against a ten team field and walked away with a second place finishing score of 379. The Fillies posted two scores in the top ten, three in the top 15, and four scores in the top 20.
DC-G’s top golfer for the meet was none other than Lydia Steier who earned the team’s top score for the sixth straight meet, finishing sixth overall with an 18-hole score of 86. A five par performance across the front nine gave way to a score of 41. Two pars and a birdie on hole 16 produced a back-nine score of 45. Aubree Klug finished tenth out of the field of over 40 golfers by posting an 18-hole score of 95, just one shot off of her season-best score. Klug produced a front nine score of 47 while capturing a back nine mark of 48 for the 95 stroke total for the meet.
Fellow Fillies Kaylin Petrak captured her best 18-hole score of the season as she carded a mark of 97. Petrak scored a round of 47 through the front nine and was the only Fillie to card a par on hole one. Petrak followed that up with a back nine-score of 50 for her grand total of 97 and finished 12th overall. Emerson Kleis produced an 18-hole round of 101 after capturing a front nine score of 47 and a back nine score of 54.
The remaining scores for DC-G came from Annagrace Dalbey carding a round of 108 and Morgan Stork with a round of 121.
It was a performance for the ages but no matter the physical skill may have brought, it was the pure leadership from this senior group that perhaps propelled the Fillies most to victory. The talented senior stars, a group who captured their 147 team win as a class, was just as instrumental in obtaining a ticket to state as anything else according to head coach John Klassey.
“These seniors are just great golfers and they’re exceptional teammates,” began Klassey. “They’ve helped this team out immensely all season long from how they read the course to proper club management. They’ve been great for the younger girls and this program as a whole.”
Proper club management and course reading have helped this team capture a 50-8 record, one of the highest winning marks earned by DC-G since the beginning of coach Klassey’s tenure at Dallas Center-Grimes. All of those components have been strengthened by the course with which the Fillies call home in Beaver Creek near Grimes.
“Beaver Creek in my eyes really helped us because it was actually harder than our regional meet course,” said senior star Lydia Steier. “Beaver Creek really challenges you to get on the fairway with a lot of trees that hug the fairway a lot closer than our regional meet course did. Really helped us to overcome nearly any obstacle we might’ve faced.”
Now the Fillies will take on Coldwater Links Golf Course May 28 and 29th, a links-style course that has it’s fair share of challenges as coach Klassey explained.
“With links-style courses, they tend to have more fescue that could end up being three feet high,” stated Klassey. “While we have more trees to battle through, this course will have more challenging rough to deal with. It’s a trade-off we’re going to have to be ready for in order to play well.”
The Fillies will now take on the state meet which will take place at Coldwater Links on May 28 and 29. It will be a shotgun start with day one beginning at 9 a.m. while day two will begin at 8:30 p.m.