Prep Sports

Benton sweeps individual and team titles at Wamac West boys' golf meet

Senior Ben Parmenter sets school's nine-hole record and earns medalist honors with 32

Benton Community Bobcats
Benton Community Bobcats

Benton Community continued its strong campaign on the golf course.

The Bobcats extended a streak in the process.

Benton captured its third straight Wamac West boys’ golf title Monday at Tara Hills Country Club in Van Horne. Bobcats senior Ben Parmenter earned medalist honors with a school record 4-under 32.

The Bobcats are 27-3 and are eighth in Class 3A with a Wamac West best 165.94 combined adjusted average.

Benton Coach Jeremy Suiter said he was proud of the effort, which extended a divisional streak that includes a share of the title with Williamsburg a year ago. The Bobcats scored 148 this year, topping Williamsburg by 13.

“We played great at the divisional,” said Suiter, who led Benton to the 2017 Class 3A state meet. “It is a meet that we have been preparing for all year. This is the third straight year we have won the Wamac West Division, so it was great for the seniors to play well and accomplish that feat.”

The Bobcats returned five starters from last season, including Parmenter, first-team all-Wamac performer Jacob Heit and Nate Ettleman. The senior trio have contributed to the varsity lineup all four years.

Each contributed Monday. In addition to Parmenter, Ettleman was third with 37 and Heit tied senior teammate Cam Eggert with 41 for the team’s final score. Junior Jack McGovern was fourth with 38.

Parmenter set a nine-hole mark, carding an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole and a birdie on the par-3 No. 8. The eagle was set up by sticking his approach about 4 feet from the pin. The next hole opened with a tee shot a foot from the hole. Parmenter was medalist for the fourth time this year.

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“He has been our No. 1 guy all year and has been solid at that spot,” Suiter said. “He is a player we can count on to bring in a great score every meet.”

The Wamac Super Meet will be held Monday at Saddleback Golf Course in Solon.

RAIDERS REPEAT

Williamsburg’s girls’ golf team repeated as Wamac West team champions as well. The Raiders carded a team total of 182 at Stone Creek Golf Club in Williamsburg. They defeated Independence by 14.

Williamsburg will defend its Wamac Super Meet team title at Gardner Golf Course on Monday.

Benton’s Rachel Maschino shot 41 for medalist honors.

POSTSEASON ASSIGNMENTS

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and Iowa High School Athletic Association released postseason assignments.

IHSAA sectionals in Classes 3A, 2A and 1A will be held May 9-10. Districts will be held May 16-17. IGHSAU postseason play opens with 1A and 2A first-round regionals May 13, while final regionals for all four classes will be May 20.

Cedar Rapids Washington hosts a 4A regional at Gardner Golf Course. The Warriors will compete with Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Iowa City West, Western Dubuque, Clinton, Davenport North, Dubuque Hempstead, Dubuque Senior and Waterloo East.

Iowa City High hosts a regional with Cedar Rapids Prairie, Iowa City Liberty, Bettendorf, Burlington, Davenport Central, Davenport West, Muscatine, North Scott and Pleasant Valley at Pleasant Valley Golf Course.

Linn-Mar travels to American Legion Golf Course for a regional hosted by Marshalltown.

Marion will travel to Springbrook Country Club in DeWitt for boys’ and girls’ 3A postseason meets. Benton also will be in both fields hosted by DeWitt Central.

Iowa City Regina travels to a 1A boys’ sectional at Tipton Golf and Country Club and a 2A girls’ regional at Heritage Oaks Country Club in Wapello.

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