Panthers gain experience, Ries closes out career at State

Lauren Ries, shown putting on the 17th hole at Lake Panorama National May 30, led the Panthers at State with a 15th place finish. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Rebekah Prull takes aim for Monticello during the state tournament.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Monticello gained the experience of playing in the State Class 2A Girls Golf Tournament, even if the team’s final placing was not what the Panthers had hoped for.

     The Panthers shot a total of 838 over the two days to finish 10th in the tournament, which was held May 29-30 at Lake Panorama National Golf Course in Panora, Iowa.

     Monticello shot a total of 425 the first day, and closed with a 413 on the second day.

     “We just didn’t play our best, and got ourselves behind the first day,” Monticello coach Joe Steen said. “I think nerves were the biggest thing. We played better the second day after we calmed down a little bit, but we were too far behind to make up the shots we needed to.”

     Lauren Ries closed out her outstanding career by finishing 15th individually, shooting 87-89–176.

     The coach praised the senior’s contributions, which included four straight trips to the state tournament, and a pair of River Valley Conference individual championships.

     “She’s had one of the most decorated careers in girls golf in Monticello history,” Steen said.

     Freshman Rebekah Prull came in 46th overall with a 210.

     “She had two good days,” the coach said. “She’s been a pleasant surprise this year.”

     Marissa McNally had a 224, Dru Kramer shot 230, and Lilly Lambert had a 238 two-day total. Courtney Campbell played a round on the first day and shot 118, and Lydia Franzenburg shot 110 playing the second day only.

     Monticello loses Ries and McNally to graduation, but five of these Panthers can return next year.

     “Maybe we’ll have some younger kids too,” Steen said. “There’s no reason to think we can’t still be successful.”


May 29-30

State Class 2A

Girls Golf Tourney

(at Lake Panorama,



     1, Van Meter 733; 2, New Hampton 736; 3, Okoboji 747; 4, Unity Christian 776; 5, Williamsburg 786, 6(tie) Alta-Aurelia 788 and Waterloo Columbus 788; 8, Carroll Kuemper 791; 9, Roland-Story 818; 10, Monticello 838.


     15, Lauren Ries 87-89–176, 46, Rebekah Prull 107-103–210, 60, Marissa McNally 113-111–224, 64, Dru Kramer 119-111–230; 70, Lilly Lambert 121-117–238; Courtney Campbell 118 (played first day only), Lydia Franzenburg 110 (played second day only).


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