RRC girls, W-WG boys win Red Rock Conference golf meet
WORTHINGTON -- One round wasn't enough to decide a winner for the girls' Red Rock Conference medalist.
Red Rock Central senior Sarah DeCock and Southwest Christian eight-grader Emaleigh Vreeman needed two holes to determine the top spot.
DeCock came out on top as the RRC girls shot a 409 to claim the conference title.
On the boys' side, Westbrook-Walnut Grove carded a 343 to claim the victory.
"Our whole conference is so tight," RRC head coach Steve Wegman said. "It was a playoff for the girls, and there were a couple others right there. Same with the boys, it's just so tight. Next week, it could be two other teams for first and second."
Both DeCock and Vreeman finished with a 97, and went into a playoff.
"I had some good tee shots and fairway shots," Vreeman said of her 97. "Most of my drives were straight, but I had a few that went right or left."
After tying on the first playoff hole at Prairie View Golf Links, the two went into No. 2 in an attempt to decide a winner.
While Vreeman's shot to the par 3 was wide left, DeCock hit a shot just short of the green.
DeCock needed two more shots to par the hole and take the victory.
"I don't know if it was the cold or the nerves, but I was shaking," DeCock said. "I don't know where that (shot) came from. I actually got a seven the first time I played the hole today."
After placing third a year ago, DeCock was able to play well enough to win this year.
"I didn't do as good as I hoped with a 50; I like to stay in the 40s," DeCock said after shooting a 50 on the front nine and a 47 on the back. "My putting was actually pretty good. I made a long 20-foot putt today."
Fulda finished second in the girls' competition with a 415, while W-WG carded a 418. Adrian finished third with a 433, while Murray County Central shot a 469. Southwest Star Concept finished with a 473.
After DeCock, Caitlyn DeCock finished with a 100, while Alyse Quade and Alison Kircher each fired a 106.
"That's a little under their average for the year," Wegman said. "That's not too bad. We've been fighting for that 200 all year. We got it in the first round, but not the second round."
Fulda was led by Chrissy Wieskus and Amanda Wilkening, who each shot a 99. Emily Kremer finished with a 107, while Abigail Hubbling shot a 110.
W-WG was led by Alexis Quade with a 101, while Ellie Vondracek finished with a 102. Whitney Frank fired a 106, while Morganne Knakmuhs rounded out the team scoring with a 109.
The lowest nine-hole score of the day belonged to Adrian's Brianna McCarthy. She fired a 45 on the front nine and carded a 99 to lead the Dragons.
"We practiced here yesterday on the front nine, so I knew the holes better and I felt more comfortable on the front nine than the back," McCarthy said. "The front nine was good. My shots were consistently farther and it felt a lot better. Considering the weather, it was good."
Brittany Loosbrock finished with a 103 for Adrian, while Kelsey Altman and Carmen Wieneke shot a 112 and 119, respectively.
Nicole Radloff led MCC with a 105, while Megan Carney finished with a 120. Tracey Chapman and Suzy Buesing each finished with a 122 for the Rebels.
Nicole Mueller's 101 paced SSC, while Ally Lenz fired a 106. Elizabeth Paul finished with a 112, while Aeriel Nitch carded a 154.
Jenni VanderVeen fired a 104 as SWC's other golfer on the day.
RRC's Blake Walker shot the lone sub-80 round of the day to win medalist honors at Prairie View Golf Links.
"The score was a lot better than I actually played," Walker said. "My drives weren't great, but they ended up going straight and low. It was better that way because I kept them out of the wind."
Walker fired a 39 on the front and 40 on the back to card a 79 on the day.
"My putting was good today, too," Walker said. "Any five-footer I was making. With the wind, it was tough to hit greens in regulation, so you had to get your chips close and make your putts."
While Walker was the lone score under 80, there was plenty of competition to push the senior who has finished in the top five each of the last four years.
"There are a lot of other guys out here than can shoot really well, so I wasn't quite sure where I'd be sitting at," Walker said.
After Walker, W-WG's Derek Eichner and Patrick Schweim, along with Round Lake-Brewster's Tim Haberman each fired an 83 to force a playoff for the second spot.
"I had two birdies, and I hit the pin on No. 15 on my second shot," Haberman said. "At the end, I hit one out of bounds, so that kind of screwed me up a little bit."
Eichner won the playoff to claim second as W-WG claimed the team title.
"I was happy with the way our middle scores came in," W-WG head coach Carter Ross said. "Our No. 3 golfer shot an 83, and our 85 to place sixth, and that's where we needed them to be. We had good depth. We could have counted anyone of the six players, and that's what makes us good."
After Eichner and Schweim's 83, Jared Lindaman fired an 85 to place sixth, and Austin Quade fired a 92 for the Chargers.
"That was our goal was to be the champions," Ross said. "The kids worked hard and we are a veteran team. As a team, they played well."
After W-WG's 343, RRC finished second with a 350, while SWC fired a 356. RL-B ended with a 362 and SSC finished with a 365. Hills-Beaver Creek fired a 395 on the day.
After Walker's 79, Matt Fox fired an 84 to place fifth for the Falcons, while Chris Miller shot an 89. Jordan Vollmer carded a 98 to round out the team scoring.
Philip Feikema fired an 86 to lead SWC, while teammate Kaiser DeKam finished with an 87. Dustin Oberloh fired an even 90, while Kyle DeBoer finished with a 93 for the Eagles.
R-LB was led by Haberman's 83, but teammate Erik Bourquin fired an 88, while Cole Baumgard finished with a 91. Craig Correll rounded out the scoring with a 100 for the Raiders.
SSC finished just three strokes behind RL-B as a team, and was led by Brady Hall's 86. Jeremy Luebben fired an 88, while Logan Glaser and Cory Pelzel finished with a 94 and 97, respectively.
Caleb Schroer and Caleb Ellingson fired a 90 and 91 respectively to lead H-BC, while Austin Rauk finished with a 103. Andrew Scholten carded a 111 for the Patriots.
The teams will face each other again Monday at the sub-section tournament at Worthington Country Club.