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Boys' golf notes: Marion builds confidence for postseason

Indians head to tough sectional in DeWitt; Lisbon, East Buchanan girls win TRC divisional golf title; Area leaders

Marion's Dane Carstensen hits an approach shot on the 18th fairway during the WAMAC Super Meet at Saddleback Ridge Golf Course in Solon, Iowa, on Monday, May 6, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Marion's Dane Carstensen hits an approach shot on the 18th fairway during the WAMAC Super Meet at Saddleback Ridge Golf Course in Solon, Iowa, on Monday, May 6, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

MARION — Marion's boys’ golf team felt good about its season.

The Indians received a boost from their runner-up finish at the Wamac Conference Super Meet on Monday.

They hope to carry that into the postseason, competing in a Class 3A sectional Friday at Springbrook Country Club in DeWitt. Marion is looking for its second straight district berth.

“After the Super Meet, we showed we could play very good golf against some very good teams,” Marion Coach Dave Messerli said. “It did really give us some confidence.”

Marion shot 311 in the second-place conference finish, coming in more than 15 shots under its 18-hole team average. At one point, the Indians positioned themselves to make a push at the team title, but West Delaware prevailed. Marion proved it can focus an entire round and card a low team score.

“It was exciting,” Messerli said. “You always live for those times when you have a chance to win. It was good for our kids and good for our program.”

The Indians were led by senior Mark Horcher, who earned first-team all-conference honors with a 74. Dane Carstensen, Brady Johnson and Austin Prier each shot 79 to round out the team score. Logan Hiler and Trevor Paulsen weren’t far behind at 80 and 86, respectively, showing the team’s balance.

“That is always important. If you can get all of your top six playing decently, it takes pressure off the kids and they don’t have to feel they are the only one out there or if they mess up then life is going to be bad.”

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Messerli said the Indians have experience with four seniors and two juniors. The team has strong camaraderie. They push each other and pull for teammates to be their best.

“It’s been fun,” Messerli said. “The kids have really worked hard. They are not afraid to go and play extra holes and do extra things to get better.”

Marion will compete in a postseason field with defending state champion DeWitt Central, Benton Community and other Wamac teams. Messerli said Maquoketa and Vinton-Shellsburg are contenders for one of the two district berths, which would include the third-place team if host Central finishes in the top two. Anamosa, Center Point-Urbana and Mount Vernon round out the sectional.

“It’s tough,” Messerli said. “There are some good teams at the sectional. It’s going to be competitive.”

LISBON, EAST BUC WIN TRC DIVISIONALS

The Lisbon-Mount Vernon girls’ golf team captured the Tri-Rivers Conference West Division team title Monday at Little Bear Country Club in Wyoming.

Lisbon-Mount Vernon posted a 419, beating Easton Valley by 11 strokes. Emma Howard led the way, placing third with 100.

East Buchanan claimed the TRC East Division title. The Buccaneers scored 378 Monday at Meadowview Country Club in Central City. East Buchanan leads 1A with a 196.65 combined adjusted average.

Edgewood-Colesburg’s Maddy Streicher was medalist with an 88, winning a tiebreaker with Alburnett’s runner-up Gabby Weyland.

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GAZETTE-AREA LEADERS

Edgewood-Colesburg’s Ethan Streicher leads 1A individuals with a 38.02 combined adjusted average and is fourth among all classes. Clear Creek Amana’s Brandon McCarty is tied for fourth in 3A with a 38.04 and tied for fifth overall.

Clayton Ridge’s Courtney Olson is fourth in 1A at 42.77. Kiki Guo, of Washington, Iowa, is second in 3A with 39.72, which is seventh among all four IGHSAU classes.

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