Bobcats take second behind Harris’ bronze

FORT DODGE – Marshalltown junior Ashley Harris broke a three-way tie for third by way of a cardback and the Bobcat girls’ golf team played one of their better rounds of the year on a challenging Fort Dodge Country Club course Monday at the Fort Dodge Invitational.

Harris fired an 85 and was third overall and the Bobcats finished in second place as a team after carding a 369.

Waukee (343) had three golfers in the top six and won the team title by 26 strokes , but the Bobcats bettered Ankeny Centennial (388) by 19 shots. Ames (393) and Ankeny (396) rounded out the top five, while host Fort Dodge (430) and Des Moines East (464) also competed.

“We played one of our better rounds of the year on a challenging course,” said Marshalltown coach Lucas Johnson. “I was especially happy with how we played the front nine, shooting a 175 as a team. That was 28 shots better than when we played Fort Dodge in our dual there earlier in the season.

“Seeing it earlier in the year was a definite advantage.”

The individual top-10 also featured Marshalltown’s Madison Sogge, who fired an 88. Meet medalist honors went to Centennial’s Karli Kerrigan, who shot a 5-over 76. Waukee’s Paige Seiser also was under 80 in second place after shooting a 79. Ames’ Emily Marrs and Waukee’s Cheyanne Becker were the other two 85s.

Sogge’s 88 was good enough for seventh. Waukee’s Kelsey Brock carded an 86 in sixth, while Ankeny’s Abby Gerhardt (89) and Tessa Matherly (90) were eighth and ninth, respectively, and Ames’ Abby Berquist was 10th with a 90.

“(Sogge) had her best round of the season,” Johnson said. “She played consistently and hit the ball as well as she has all year.”

Harris and Sogge were the only two Bobcats who turned in a score better than 95. Katie Lynch and Niccole Wolken both carded 98s as the final two couting scores and Natalie Kueny had a 102 and Shelby Brennecke fired a 108. Lynch was only two strokes behind Sogge on the front nine but strugged on the final nine holes.

Johnson is hoping his Bobcats continue to improve on courses they have already seen this year when Marshalltown plays in the Central Iowa Conference Meet at Mason City on Thursday. Action at the Mason City Country Club begins at 10 a.m.

“Hopefully we can see the same kind of improvement when we head to Mason City later this week,” said Johnson. “it will be the second time seeing that course, too.”