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CEDAR RAPIDS – Jordan Amelon gave herself a belated birthday present a day after her 19th birthday.
She will have to wait a little bit to unwrap it. The new gold medal is on order for the Iowa City West senior.
Amelon shot 79, tying Dubuque Senior’s Maddie Hawkins and earning co-medalist honors at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet on Tuesday at St. Andrews Golf Club. The medal matches the one from her CRANDIC title and puts her in the lead for top MVC Mississippi Division honors.
“I didn’t make any dumb decisions,” Amelon said. “I took it hole by hole. I didn’t think too far ahead, so overall I think I just played smart.
“Your goal is always to win. I think I could have gotten lower. There’s more room to improve on.”
She had plenty to celebrate Tuesday.
“I think this is a good belated birthday present,” West Coach Mary Goodfellow said. “Don’t you?”
Amelon managed the course well. With chilly conditions early and a stiff breeze later in the day, she remained steady without carding a score higher than five the entire round.
“She’s been real consistent lately,” Goodfellow said. “She hasn’t been shooting any low numbers, but no big high numbers. I think that helps her confidence a lot.”
Amelon broke par on three holes, including twice on the back nine. She tamed the par-5 12th hole and then recorded a two on No. 17. She sunk a shot from off the green for the latter.
“I had a good putt,” Amelon said. “I was off the green barely and it was pretty steep so I was able to get it up the hill.”
Amelon, who finished third in last year’s Super Meet and 16th at the Class 5A state meet, has transformed a self-described weakness to a strength. Goodfellow recognized Amelon’s improvement, watching her knock down two 4-foot putts on the final two holes.
They have also worked on better approach shots, getting closer to the hole and avoiding possible three-putt greens.
“It’s fun to work with her on those finer things where she can shoot three or four above par if she puts it all together,” Goodfellow said. “I’m really proud of her.”
Cedar Falls captured the team title with 352, topping Senior by four strokes. Dubuque Wahlert was third overall at 363.
Linn-Mar was the top area team, placing fourth at 379 and edging Cedar Rapids Prairie by three.
Kristen Harding led Linn-Mar with 88, placing seventh individually. Prairie’s Peyton Staab was ninth at 89. Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Katie Choate was 10th.
Conference play to determine divisional team champions and all-conference awards continues Monday. The Mississippi Division will play at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion and the Valley Division will be held at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls.
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY CONFERENCE SUPER MEET
At St. Andrews Golf Club
Teams – 1. Cedar Falls 352, 2. Dubuque Senior 356, 3. Dubuque Wahlert 363, 4. Linn-Mar 379, 5. C.R. Prairie 382, 6. Iowa City West 392, 7. C.R. Kennedy 400, 8. C.R. Washington 410, 9. C.R. Xavier 415, 10. C.R. Jefferson 422, 11. Iowa City High 435, 12. Waterloo West 436, 13. Dubuque Hempstead 458, 14. Waterloo East 495.
Individuals – 1. (tie) Jordan Amelon (ICW) and Maddie Hawkins (DS), 79, 3. Abby Marting (DS), 81, 4. Kenzie Roberts (CF), 83, 5. Elyse Kalb (DW), 87.
Linn-Mar (379): Kristin Harding 88, Tori Niemeyer 95, Megan Murphy 96, Isabelle Schminke 100.
C.R. Prairie (382): Peyton Staab 89, Lexi Poundstone 96, Emma Rubsam 98, Hannah Stebral 99.
I.C. West (392): Amelon 79, Ellie Kouba 103, Allison Bys 104, Ashley Bys 106.
C.R. Kennedy (400): Katie Choate 91, Ana Vilanova 100, Jenna Hauschild 103, Madison Friauf 106.
C.R. Washington (410): Brittany Postma 100, Madie Baird 100, Grace Claassen 103, Devon O’Donnell 107.
C.R. Xavier (415): Libby Kramer 94, Ellie Braksiek 105, Ana Stangler 107, Shelby Younggreen 109.
C.R. Jefferson (422): Regan Grekoff 91, Emily Smith 104, Hannah Coyle 112, Elizabeth Buchheim 115.
City High (435): Lexi Shield 101, Rose Sadewasser 106, Morgan Galer 114, Emily Knoche 114.
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