Bobcats happy with win, wanted more vs. Jaguars
Marshalltown coach Lucas Johnson and the Bobcat golf team were happy they came out on top of their head-to-head dual with Ankeny Centennial on Thursday.
But senior Connor Johnson and junior Michael Schrempf just wished the victory had come against the Jaguars’ full varsity squad.
Ankeny Centennial brought over just one varsity golfer, and that helped the Bobcats claim a 158-170 win at Elmwood Country Club.
“It frustrates me. It makes me want to get at it and make sure we beat the team they brought,” said Schrempf, who finished one shot off medalist honors with a 37. “If we can beat their second-tier guys, maybe they will bring the varsity next year. I want them to bring their best guys. Their JV is really good though. They have shot some impressive scores.”
Coach Johnson said Ankeny Centennial is not the first team that has done that. But also admitted that there are usually other factors involved.
“There are a lot of factors that the guys don’t consider sometimes,” Coach Johnson said. “School work is something that goes into it. Our guys work their tails off to stay on track in class.
“We can only play who they bring. I am glad we came out on top. That 158 is a score we can be proud of. It was our best 9-hole score in a dual. We are happy about that.”
Tanner Randall of Ankeny Centennial ended up as the medalist with an even-par 36. He birdied the No. 2 and carded an eagle on the par 4 No. 4.
Randall’s 36 was eight shots better than the Jaguars’ next best golfer. That is why the Bobcats came out on top.
After Schrempf’s 37 was Connor Johnson and sophomore Brant McKibben’s 40. Sophomore Sam Weatherman shot a 41 for the final counting score, while junior Brandin Chaloupek carded a 42.
“It was nice to have practice yesterday to straighten some things out,” said Connor Johnson. “My putting had been off, and I haven’t kept the ball straight off the tee either.
“I had a birdie on my last hole, which helps. Things went well today for the most part. There were a few holes I would like to have back.”
The Bobcats could have shaved a few strokes off their team score and had a few better individual scores but instead tried to get out of trouble by getting “too cute.”
“I think we all left some shots out there,” Connor Johnson said. “We need to save bogey instead of trying to get par and ending up with a double bogey. I think we will get it eventually.”
Schrempf started off his round with an eagle on No. 7, which is regarded as the toughest hole on the course. He ran into some trouble on No. 1 and then hit into the trees on No. 2 but got back into contention with a birdie on No. 4.
“I should have taken my medicine instead of getting too tricky,” Schrempf said. “I made things worse a few times. We could really take down our team score if we do that instead of trying to do too much with our shots.”
Matt Chalupach shot a 44 to finish behind Randall for Ankeny Centennial. Chris Winkel, Chris Sidwell and Jason Peterson all shot 45s for the final counting scores.
The biggest omissions from the Jaguars’ roster were Andrew Huseman and Jesse Peck. Huseman was runner-up in the Class 4A Iowa High School State Golf Tournament last year.
Schrempf was really looking forward to playing against him and even expressed his disappointment to the Jaguar head coach.
“It would have been nice to see where we stand as a team,” Schrempf said. “Andrew was second in the state last year, and I wanted to see where I stacked up. I even told their coach that I was a little disappointed he wasn’t here. This team is one of the best varsity teams in the state, and I wanted to play against their best guys.
“I was told that they were catching up on some homework, and I can understand that. It is easy to fall behind. It also is Homecoming week and their No. 2 player is on the court.”
The Centennial junior varsity team Thursday shot better than the guys playing on the varsity. The Jaguars’ JV team beat Marshalltown 164-193. The Bobcats were led by Cody Mead’s 45 and Nate Harris’ 47. Mitch McAleer and Jake Beck both shot 40s to lead the way for the Jaguars.
Connor Johnson birdied No. 4 and Weatherman recorded a birdie on No. 7. … The Bobcats do not compete again until they tee it up at The Legacy Golf Club in Norwalk for the Central Iowa Conference Meet. Action starts at 9 a.m. “The next two courses we go to are two of the toughest courses we will play at all year,” Coach Johnson said. “We are going to have to play very well to have a respectable finish just because the competition is so good.” … Schrempf said he had recorded several eagles in his career but never one in competition until Thursday.