Harris medals, Bobcats notch another win

Peeking out momentarily before ducking back behind the clouds, the sun seemed reluctant to take center stage Friday afternoon.

With a spring defined by snow, rain and cloudy skies, it was only fitting.

While a youthful and inexperienced Marshalltown girls’ golf team can relate with its own lack of time on the course, the Bobcats are aren’t shying away from any challenges.

Piecing together its second Central Iowa Conference Northern Division win in as many days, the Bobcats trumped Fort Dodge 191-199 at American Legion Golf Course.

Marshalltown sophomore Ashley Harris claimed her second straight medalist honor shooting a 5-over-par 41 to lead the Bobcats (2-1, 2-0) well past one of their early season goals of breaking 200 as a team.

“Two wins in two days is nice and the big thing is getting that consistency and a feel for the game,” MHS coach Lucas Johnson said of his 10-member squad that features only two upperclassmen.

“Overall we’re getting better. We still have long way to go, but I’m pleased with our improvement.”

Niccole Wolken highlighted that improvement by firing a 46 for runner-up honors – besting her score by 18 strokes from Thursday. Katie Lynch added a 51 and Madison Sogge shot a 53 to round out Marshalltown’s scoring quartet.

Payton Christy paced the Dodgers with 48 as Kylie Kuiper and Angie Ellendson each carded a 49. Alex Hays turned in a 53 to complete Fort Dodge’s tally.

Now that the sun finally seems to be warming up to a larger role in late spring, the Bobcats have had better conditions to raise their game. And despite making major strides from early in the season, the Bobcats are far from complacent.

“I’m pleased that at the end of every meet or practice the girls are coming up to me and saying ‘Here’s what I need to work on.'” said MHS coach Lucas Johnson, who noted putting as a major area for the team to shore up.

“They know where they can improve and we’ll continue to do that.

“That’s one of the great things of a young team – knowing they’re building toward the end of this season and also the next two to three years to come for Bobcat golf.”

The Bobcats will vie for a perfect 3-0 mark in the CIC North when they host Mason City Tuesday at American Legion Golf Course. Tee-off is set for 3:30 p.m.