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West Delaware boys' golf wins team and individual titles at Wamac Super Meet

Brandon Larsen leads Hawks with even-par 70; Williamsburg repeats at Wamac girls' meet; MVC divisional results

West Delaware’s Brandon Larsen chips during the WAMAC Super Meet at Saddleback Ridge Golf Course in Solon, Iowa, on Monday, May 6, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
West Delaware’s Brandon Larsen chips during the WAMAC Super Meet at Saddleback Ridge Golf Course in Solon, Iowa, on Monday, May 6, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

SOLON — West Delaware was a little greedy Monday.

Just look at the hardware the Hawks hauled home.

West Delaware captured the team title, while Brandon Larsen and Gavin Soppe posted the best two individual rounds at the Wamac Conference Super Meet at Saddleback Golf Course. The Hawks shot 306, beating runner-up Marion by five. Larsen fired an even-par 70 for medalist honors.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” West Delaware Coach Christi Imsland said. “They were cheering each other on and it was a good all-around day for our team.”

Larsen, a first-team all-Wamac performer a year ago before finishing 14th at the Class 3A state meet, carded five birdies. He posted consecutive birdies on the 17th and 18th holes, closing the back nine with 1-under 34. Imsland said Larsen was effective around the green for some of those birdies and to save par.

“He hit the ball off the tee great,” Imsland said. “He was never really in any trouble. He was able to get it up and down from quite a few locations.”

Not to be outdone, Soppe shot 73 thanks to a pair of eagles on the par-5 No. 4 and the par-4 17th. Soppe also added a birdie on the 14th hole.

“Gavin shot the ball really well,” Imsland said. “He didn’t have any big numbers.

“He is getting a good low score. The results should really guide him in the right direction.”

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Senior Tyler Langel shot 79 with four birdies and No. 6 golfer Elias Tibbott recorded an 84 with an eagle and two birdies to round out the Hawks’ score. West Delaware’s scoring foursome shot a combined 3-under on par-5 holes.

The Hawks overturned a Wamac East Division loss to DeWitt Central, which was third with 316, edging Williamsburg on a fifth-score tiebreaker. This serves as a springboard to Friday’s sectional at Charles City.

“It will be great,” Imsland said. “Our sectional is really tough. We know that sectional will be a pretty tough go at it. After winning today, they definitely have that momentum.

“We know we have to play consistent. We know that every shot counts out there.”

Marion showed good balance with all four golfers breaking 80. Mark Horcher was third with a 74. Dane Carstensen, Brady Johnson and Austin Prier each added 79 for the Indians.

WILLIAMSBURG REPEATS

Williamsburg's girls’ golf team won its second straight Wamac Super Meet team title Monday at Gardner Golf Course in Marion. The Raiders shot 379, beating runner-up Maquoketa by 23 strokes.

The round finished with a four-way tie for first. Vinton-Shellsburg’s Lillie Lamont, Williamsburg duo Ellie Phillips and Blayke McKown and Maquoketa’s Carlene Paul each recorded 94. Sudden victory playoff decided the conference champion. Lamont outlasted Phillips for medalist honors after six extra holes.

MVC DIVISIONALS

Linn-Mar finished second at the Mississippi Valley Conference Valley divisional at The Meadows Golf Club in Dubuque. Dubuque Wahlert extended its team lead with a second-round best 338. Linn-Mar shot 367.

The Lions’ Tatum Depuydt was third with 81, while Tori Niemeyer was fourth with 82.

In the MVC Mississippi divisional, Cedar Falls won the team race with 336 at St. Andrews Golf Course in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids Washington was third with 361, seven shots back of runner-up Dubuque Senior, and won a tiebreaker against Cedar Rapids Xavier with a better fifth player’s score.

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Xavier’s Ellie Braksiek was the highest Gazette-area finisher, placing third with 79. Libby Kramer tied for sixth with an 87.

Brittany Postma and Emma Sorg led Washington with 88 apiece.

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