Junior Makayla Hageman led the Lady Warrior, finishing seventh for her second all-UIC honor Tuesday. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Junior Makayla Hageman led the Lady Warrior, finishing seventh for her second all-UIC honor Tuesday. (Photo by Becky Walz)

It was a good day for the South Winn and Turkey Valley girls’ golf teams at the Upper Iowa Conference meet Tuesday. They finished third and fourth, at Pleasant Valley Sports Club in Clermont.

Clayton Ridge stole the show as it carved out a team score of 389 to be crowned the champion. North Fayette Valley was runner-up with 412, as the Lady Warriors fashioned a 451 to earn third. Eight strokes back with a 459 was Turkey Valley in fourth.

“Going into the tournament we were seeded 3rd, only a couple of strokes behind North Fayette Valley,” said SW Coach Glenna Munuswamy. “As a team we shot just below our average which wasn’t enough to edge out the Tigerhawks who had just a tremendous performance, shooting well below their average. Clayton Ridge, the number one seed going in also had a fantastic day, shooting a below average 389.”

Bronze medal

The Warrior girls had four all-conference medals.

“While there was some disappointment in not being able to take the second-place position, the girls had a good day. I am super proud of the entire team,” said Coach Munuswamy. “They rarely get to play in 18-hole tournaments and there is just a completely different dynamic and mindset for approaching 18 holes as opposed to nine. None of the girls was very impressed with their own performance, but each day on the course is different. If you can put four of your golfers in the top 15 in a field of 48, then we have to see that as an amazing success.”

Leading the way for South Winn was Makayla Hageman finishing seventh for her second all-UIC honor. The junior toured the course with nine-holes rounds of 50 and 57 (107). Senior Allanda Kriener carded a 112 total (58-54), good for ninth place and her first conference honor.

Tying with 116s in 14th place were teammates Sydney Becker (58-58) and Kaitlyn Theis (57-59) to earn their first all-UIC honors.

Coming through with a 126 was Presley Bushman (63-63) in 29th place while Ruthie Frana was 41st with 142 (71-71).

“We continue to become a stronger team as the season rolls on. This tournament will help to better prepare us for our upcoming first round of regionals. I am excited to see how these ladies will compete,” concluded Coach Munuswamy.

Trojan highlights

“Some people don’t appreciate how tough the sport of golf can be. Our girls did a nice job of playing the game the right way,” said TV Coach John Reicks. “I was especially proud of how we shaved seven strokes off our front nine score (233-226) and were just eight strokes out of third place.”

The Lady Trojans had two all-UIC performers in juniors Marisa Muetherthies and Jaedyn Winter.

Placing sixth overall, Muetherthies earned her first all-UIC honor with rounds of 49 and 55 to tally 104. Winter earned her second conference nod carding rounds of 57 and 55 (112) in ninth place.

In addition, junior Rachelle Smith (60-57=117) finished just one stroke away from a medal as she placed 17th overall to garner an honorable mention berth.

Savannah Schmitt (67-59=126) also counted, while future stars sophomore Emma Hanson (65-62=127) and freshman Tess Franzen (64-65=129) also appeared on the TV scorecard.

“I was happy for Marisa Muetherthies. You won’t find a harder worker anywhere,” said Coach Reicks. “Jaedyn Winter battled the pressure of playing with the No. 1s. I know she was a little disappointed with her performance, but Pleasant Valley is a tough little course, especially for left-handers like Jaedyn and Rachelle and both girls did a great job.

Coming up

The South Winn girls host the first regional Monday, May 13, at Silver Springs Golf Course at 10 a.m. In the Class 1A regional besides the Lady Warriors will be Turkey Valley, Central Elkader, Clayton Ridge, Ed-Co, MFL MarMac, Nashua-Plainfield, Postville and West Central.