Panthers earn home invite win

Kaden Kiburz puts the ball on the green for Monticello in its April 26 home meet against Cascade. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Blaine Brighton follows through on a tee shot in the home dual against Cascade.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     At the start of the boys golf season, the Monticello Panthers set the lofty goal of winning every invitational tournament in which they played.

     To this point, they have been up to the task.

     “They have come through,” Monticello coach Curt Tauke said. “It’s another step forward.”

     On April 28, they passed one of the toughest of those tests, winning their own invitational at the Monticello Golf Club. Because the Panthers annually invite some of the area’s strongest teams to the tournament, it has been a difficult one for Monticello to win. Wednesday’s triumph was only the third for the Panthers in the 24-year history of the event.

     “We have been second many times,” the coach said.

     This time, Monticello shot 313 to defeat Dyersville Beckman (327) by 14 strokes. Tipton was third in the eight-team field with 345.

     “That was one of our lowest team scores, and certainly one of our best at the Monticello Invitational,” Tauke said.

     For those who enjoy individual playoffs after 18 holes, this was your tournament. There were playoffs for first place, for fourth place, and for seventh place.

     When all that was settled, the Panthers had the second, third and fourth individual spots, with Connor Lambert, Ty Kehoe and Justin Recker, respectively.

     Lambert and Kehoe shot 77, as did Nathan Offerman of Beckman, who won the playoff for medalist honors. Recker won a playoff to finish fourth after shooting a 78. And Blaine Brighton finished ninth as part of a four-way playoff.

     Kehoe battled back after shooting a first-nine 42, to score 35 on the back. Recker had a pair of disappointing holes, but over the other 16 holes was one-under par. And Brighton, a freshman, shot 81.

     “We have had a lot of good kids come through our program,” Tauke said. “Blaine is as good as any of them were as freshmen, scoring-wise.”

     To win the tournament, the Panthers had to overcome a hard course due to dry and windy conditions. Fortunately for them, they had experienced the same conditions in a home dual meet win over Cascade two days earlier.

     “We made some improvement from Monday to Wednesday,” Tauke said.

     Monticello won that meet 169 to 176. It was the highest dual meet score of the season for the Panthers, but their depth was enough to pull out the win and remain undefeated.

     Gavin Manternach of Cascade was meet medalist with a 38. Bo Kramer and Lambert each shot 41 for the Panthers, Recker had a 43 and Kehoe scored 44.

     “We had difficulty adjusting to the conditions,” Tauke said.

     Monticello won the junior varsity meet over Cascade, 197 to 265. Ethan Long was medalist with a 46, Cole Welter shot 49, Easton Prull and Calvin Prull each had 51.

     Tauke also organized an intrasquad scrimmage among the remaining junior varsity players, with Monticello Red edging Monticello Black 169 to 171. Noah Webber of the Black was meet medalist with a 51, and teammate Scot Barkema had a 56. Two players led the Red team shot 56: Riley Manternach and Gabe Goodyear; and Chandler Weber had a 57.

Conference meet

     The Panthers were scheduled to play in the River Valley Conference Tournament May 4 at Blue Top Ridge in Riverside. Their toughest opponent there was likely to be West Branch, which has been winning meets as frequently and convincingly as the Panthers have this season.


April 26

(at Monticello)

Monticello 169,

Cascade 176


     Connor Lambert 41 (co-runner-up), Bo Kramer 41 (co-runner-up), Justin Recker 43, Ty Kehoe 44, Blaine Brighton 44, Kaden Kiburz 48. Medalist: Gavin Manternach, Cascade, 38.


     Monticello 197, Cascade 265. Monticello cards: Ethan Long 46 (medalist), Cole Welter 49, Easton Prull 51, Calvin Prull 51, Grahm Schneiter 55, Rylan Kraus 49.


April 28

Monticello Inv.


     1, Monticello 313; 2, Dyersville Beckman 327; 3, Tipton 345; 4, North Cedar 361; 5, Edgewood-Colesburg 362*; 6, Cascade 362; 7, Marion 368; 8, Anamosa 378.

* – earned spot via fifth player rule 


     Connor Lambert 36-41–77 (runner-up), Ty Kehoe 42-35–77 (third place), Justin Recker 39-39–78 (fourth), Blaine Brighton 40-41–81 (ninth), Bo Kramer 40-44–84, Kaden Kiburz 43-44–87. Medalist: Nathan Offerman, Beckman, 77 (won in playoff).



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