WILLIAMSBURG — An adage states, “High tide rises all boats.”
Even though golfers are better served staying away from water, the saying applies to Williamsburg golf.
The Raiders boys’ and girls’ teams accomplished a similar feat Monday.
Both teams finished first in the Wamac West Divisional meet Monday. The Raiders won the girls’ team title outright at Rolling Acres in Center Point, while the boys’ team were co-champs with Benton Community at Independence.
“It’s awesome we are both having success at the same time,” Williamsburg girls’ coach Todd Subbert said. “Golf is in a unique situation in the fact that we practice at the same time and share the same facilities during practice so we work in very close proximity. As a result, the teams have built a close working relationship over the years and are very supportive and appreciative of the success of the other program.”
Both teams won the Wamac West meet in 2015 as well. Williamsburg’s girls’ team won the seventh Wamac West title since 2009. On Monday, the girls’ team had all six shoot 50 or better, including runner-up medalist Abby Tindal (44), fourth-place Karly Berkland (45) and Katie Montross, who was ninth with 48.
The Raiders’ boys’ program was first for the third time in the last four, missing first by one stroke. Austin and Dylan Burns finished third and fourth, respectively, shooting 41 apiece.
“There’s a pretty good tradition on both sides of making the state tournament and winning conference, so that is a pride factor,” Williamsburg boys’ coach Brad Schaefer said. “It is good.
“To do it in the same year is always neat.”
Schaefer and Subbert have collaborated and cooperated over the last 11 years. Subbert said mutual support is key to the success of both programs. Schaefer said the programs learn and feed off each other. Subbert said the programs are the other’s biggest fan.
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“We practice together, hold our banquets together and have our summer camps together,” Subbert said. “Over time, I think the complementary nature of the programs has been beneficial to both and this year we are fortunate to get to enjoy our shared success together.”
Both will compete in 2A this season. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has dropped back to four classes after a brief stretch with five. The boys’ team will host a 2A sectional at Stone Creek Golf Club on May 11.
“We’re starting to hit our stride here,” Schaefer said. “Hopefully, we are getting amped up for the postseason.”
Gage Blythe was an honorable mention all-Wamac performer for Williamsburg last season. He joined junior Dylan Burns and sophomore Ryan Cavett as returning starters. Austin Burns, Ty Buresh and Elias Hinrichsen have rounded out the lineup of a team, looking to replace four of its top eight from a year ago.
The Raiders have responded well, averaging 174.75 per nine and 340.6 over 18 holes. They are attempting to extend an impressive streak, qualifying for the last eight 3A state tournaments.
“They started to show some more mental toughness,” Schaefer said. “They’re putting in extra time on nights after practices and weekends and that’s what it takes.
“My expectations are high with what we’ve had in the past. We did lose four horses but I think these guys continue to show up every day and try to get better.”
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released postseason assignments Wednesday. The first round of regional competition for Classes 1A and 2A begins Monday, May 14. State qualifying regional meets for all classes will be held Monday, May 21.
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In 4A, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Cedar Rapids Washington, Iowa City High, Iowa City West and Linn-Mar will compete in a regional meet at Geneva Country Club in Muscatine. Bettendorf, Burlington, Davenport Central, Muscatine and Ottumwa round out the field.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Xavier and Western Dubuque will head to The Meadows Golf Course in Dubuque for a regional with Clinton, Davenport North, Davenport West, Dubuque Hempstead, Dubuque Senior, North Scott and Pleasant Valley.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson is the lone area team in the regional at Marshalltown’s American Legion Golf Course, facing Cedar Falls, Dallas Center-Grimes, Des Moines East, Mason City, Newton, Southeast Polk, Waterloo East and West and the host Bobcats.
Marion will play in a 3A regional at Davenport’s Emeis Park Golf Course. The Indians will be joined by Burlington Notre Dame, Center Point-Urbana, Davenport Assumption, DeWitt Central, Fairfield, Keokuk, Maquoketa, Mount Pleasant, Solon, Washington (Iowa) and West Liberty.
In 1A, Iowa City Regina heads to Wapello for first-round play at Heritage Oaks Country Club. The regional includes Central Lee, Louisa-Muscatine, Mediapolis, Mid-Prairie, Van Buren, Wapello and Williamsburg.
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