Back to State: Panthers win team title at regional tourney


The regional champion Monticello girls golf team, from left: Rebekah Prull, Dru Kramer, Lilly Lambert, Lauren Ries, Lydia Franzenburg, coach Joe Steen, and Marissa McNally. (Photo courtesy of Karla Ries)

Lauren Ries chips onto the green during the regional finals May 21 in Dyersville. (Photo by Pete Temple)
GIRLS GOLF
By: 
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     For the second time in four years, the Monticello High School girls golf team is headed to the state tournament.

     Coach Joe Steen’s balanced, ultra-consistent squad shot a 387 in the Class 2A Regional Final Monday, May 21 in Dyersville – then benefitted from a fifth score to break a tie, to win the team title at the tournament.

     It sends the Panthers to State, which will be Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29-30 at Lake Panorama National Golf Course in Panora, Iowa.

     Monticello, and the other four teams in the regional tournament, battled rainy conditions throughout the day. The Panthers actually tied with Waterloo Columbus, but won the title due to the fifth score tie-breaker.

     “They played really well in less than ideal conditions,” Steen said. “The wetness made the course play a little longer, but our kids can hit the ball pretty well off the tee.”

     The Panthers were led by Lauren Ries, whose score of 91 made her the runner-up medalist for the meet. It will be the fourth straight trip to State for Ries, who was part of the 2015 Monticello squad that finished fifth as a team at State.

     Junior Lilly Lambert also would have qualified individually with her sixth-place finish and score of 94.

     “Our scores all looked good,” Lambert said. “I’m really excited. It was nice for this team; we knew we could do it.”

     The consistency of the team came through after that; junior Marissa McNally (101), and freshmen Dru Kramer (101) and Rebekah Prull (102) were separated by one stroke; junior Lydia Franzenburg was another 10 strokes back at 112.

     Prull’s score was fifth on the team, and beat the fifth Columbus score by 10 shots, giving Monticello the tie-breaker.

     Both Steen and Lambert said the team handled the course well and stayed out of trouble most of the time.

     “I think the biggest thing was that they did really well with course management,” Steen said.

     “We’ve been trying to work on that in practice,” Lambert said.

     Monticello’s experience was also a factor.

     “Most of the kids have played three or four years,” the coach said. “The two freshmen obviously helped; they played pretty consistent with what everyone else was doing. We’ve had meets with six good scores.”

 

May 21

Class 2A Regional Final

(at Dyersville)

TEAM CARDS

     1, Monticello 387*; 2, Waterloo Columbus 387; 3, Sumner-Fredericksburg 401; 4, Tipton 412; 5, Camanche 423.

* – won by fifth score tie-breaker

MONTICELLO CARDS

     Lauren Ries 43-48–91 (runner-up), Lilly Lambert 47-47–94 (sixth place), Marissa McNally 50-51–101, Dru Kramer 47-54–101, Rebekah Prull 52-50–102, Lydia Franzenburg 55-57–112.

 

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