CEDAR RAPIDS — Jordan Amelon decided to pull double duty as her final prep golf season winds down and the summer sport begins.
The Iowa City West athlete traded her golf bag for her softball bag shortly after the final divisional Monday at Twin Pines Golf Course. Amelon is at her best when she is active and competing.
“It’s fun,” Amelon said. “Sports all day, that’s my dream. I’m loving it.”
Amelon fired 83 and earned medalist honors at the Mississippi Valley Conference Mississippi Division girls golf meet, claiming Athlete of the Year honors with a three-round total of 248. She finished one shot ahead of Linn-Mar’s runner-up medalist Kristen Harding, who was second overall with 260.
“She’s had a great season,” West Coach Mary Goodfellow said. “She’s won more tournaments than I remember a (West) player winning.”
“A lot of great golfers have won this,” Amelon said. “They have gone on to play at a really high level. It was definitely one of my goals that I wanted to achieve this year.”
Amelon is West’s top golfer, placing 16th at last year’s state meet and capturing CRANDIC and MVC Super Meet titles. She also is a middle infielder in softball, playing every season except her junior year. With softball practice after her round, she had her eye on the clock briefly.
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“I did ask what time it was,” Amelon said. “I knew we had plenty of time. I just took it hole by hole.”
Goodfellow said she’d like to direct that focus solely on golf for the next week. Regional meets are next Monday and Amelon has a chance to play at state for the fourth time. Goodfellow laughed when she said Amelon worried about being perceived as a slacker, if she asked to step away from softball for a week.
“It is how she’s wired,” Goodfellow said of Amelon’s competitive nature. “She loves to compete.”
Amelon was out in 41 and came in at 42. She carded one birdie, taming the par-5 fifth hole. She said she struggled striking the ball but made up for it in other areas. She said she will have to improve that before the postseason starts.
“I was just grinding out the holes,” Amelon said. “My short game was all right. That helped since I wasn’t striking the ball as well.”
Linn-Mar finished second in the team race with 363, 14 strokes back of Dubuque Wahlert. The Golden Eagles also won the overall team title with 1,081. Linn-Mar was second at 1,117.
“To finish second to the No. 1 ranked team in (Class) 4A, I don’t think it’s anything to feel bad about at all,” Linn-Mar Coach Chris James said. “I’m pretty happy we shot our best 18-hole round.”
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Regan Grekoff finished fifth overall, garnering first-team all-MVC honors.
KENNEDY THIRD IN MVC VALLEY
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Cedar Rapids Kennedy shot 388 at Ellis Golf Course on Monday in the final round of MVC Valley Division play and finished third in the team standings behind divisional champion Cedar Falls and runner-up Dubuque Senior.
The Tigers shot 324 for a three-round total of 990, beating the Rams by 60 strokes. Cedar Falls’ Hannah Bermel won the meet, shooting 69.
Senior’s Maddie Hawkins shot 70, winning the overall title with a 226 and claiming MVC Valley Athlete of the Year honors. Bermel’s 235 total was good for second overall.
Kennedy’s Katie Choate placed sixth, carding an 83. She was also sixth overall with 257 for first-team honors.
Photos: MVC Valley meet at Ellis
Cedar Rapids Prairie finished fourth overall as a team with 1,170.
Cedar Rapids Washington was the best area team Monday, shooting 385, but was fifth overall.
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