Ries qualifies for regional finals

Lauren Ries of Monticello hits a tee shot during the May 12 home meet against Anamosa. The Panthers also competed in the River Valley Conference Meet last week. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Marissa McNally of the Panthers chips onto the green May 12 at the Monticello Golf Club.

Lilly Lambert follows through on a chip shot against Anamosa.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Monticello junior Lauren Ries will continue her girls golf season, as a result of the Class 3A regional first round tournament held Monday, May 15 at Pin Oak in Manchester.

     Ries shot an 82 to be the overall winner in the tournament, and advances to the regional finals, to be held Monday, May 22 in Parkersburg. There, the top five individuals, including ties, will advance to the state tournament.

     “Overall, it’s the most solid she’s played all year,” Monticello coach Joe Steen said of Ries.

     Ries said she was happy with the performance.

     “It was a pretty good day,” Ries said. “I putted better than I’ve putted all year, and my ball striking overall was the best it’s been.”

     As a team, the Panthers finished fourth with a score of 420, to see their team season come to an end.

     “All in all they did a good job today,” Steen said. “It’s a young team still, and the girls are learning how to play at that level.”

     A highlight came from Olivia Goodyear, who shot a 59 on the front nine – her first round in the 50s this season.

     Earlier, the Panthers competed in the River Valley Conference Meet May 10 in Muscatine, and tied for 10th place overall with a nine-hole score of 223.

     Ries earned Elite all-conference status by finishing in a tie for sixth place with a score of 47. Marissa McNally was next on the team with a 54.

     The Panthers had three other meets mixed in with those in the past couple of weeks. On May 5, they played host to Dyersville Beckman and won 195 to 215, with Ries earning medalist honors with a 42.

     Ries was also medalist in a meet at Fillmore against Cascade May 11, shooting a 46. The Panthers won that one 213 to 226.

     And on May 12, Monticello played host to Anamosa and lost 191 to 202. Ries shot a 43 to be medalist once again. McNally had a 50, and Lydia Franzenburg shot 52.


May 5

(at Monticello)

Monticello 195

Dy. Beckman 215


     Lauren Ries 42 (medalist), Marissa McNally 50, Lilly Lambert 51, Courtney Campbell 52, Lydia Franzenburg 61, Olivia Goodyear 75.


May 10

River Valley Conf. Meet

(at Muscatine)


     1, Wilton 194; 2, Tipton 196; 3, West Liberty 209; 4, West Branch 210; 5, Camanche 215; 6, Bellevue 219; 7, Mid-Prairie 220; 8, Durant 220; 9, Northeast 221; 10(tie), Monticello 223 and Iowa City Regina 223; 12, Cascade 229; 13, North Cedar 238.


     Lauren Ries 47 (tied for sixth place, Elite all-conference), Marissa McNally 54, Courtney Campbell 60, Lydia Franzenburg 62, Lilly Lambert 62, Olivia Goodyear 69.


May 11

(at Fillmore)

Monticello 213,

Cascade 226


     Lauren Ries 46 (medalist); additional scores unavailable.


May 12

(at Monticello)

Anamosa 191,

Monticello 202


     Lauren Ries 43 (medalist), Marissa McNally 50, Lydia Franzenburg 52, Courtney Campbell 57, Lilly Lambert 58, Olivia Goodyear 62.


May 15

Class 3A Regional first round

(at Pin Oak, Manchester)


     1, New Hampton 347; 2, Waukon 384; 3, North Fayette Valley 389; 4, Monticello 420; 5,


     Lauren Ries 38-44–82 (meet medalist), Lydia Franzenburg 50-58–108, Marissa McNally 54-61–115, Courtney Campbell 56-59–115, Lilly Lambert 59-63–122, Olivia Goodyear 59-70–129.



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