Comet girls shoot season-low at Class 3A Girls Golf Regional
By John Burbridge
CLEAR LAKE — The Charles City girls golf team began the season with five players.
The team finished the season with the same five players.
Along the way, the Comets managed to shave 67 strokes off its 18-hole team-low total.
“I’m very impressed with the improvement,” Charles City girls head coach Eric Johanningmeier said of his fivesome consisting of senior Brinn Lahr; sophomores Shelby Effle, Claire Girkin and Olivia Kreger; and freshman Isabel Crawford, who placed ninth amid a 12-team field at Wednesday’s Class 3A Girls Golf Regional at Veterans’ Memorial Park.
“In just a week they improved more than 40 strokes,” Johanningmeier said of the Comets’ season-low team score of 452 shot on Wednesday compared to the recent Northeast Iowa Conference Girls Golf Tournament where his team collectively scored 494 for fourth place.
The last time the Comet girls made two circuits around Veterans’ Park’s 9-hole course (April 26), they shot 519 as a team.
Top scorer for Charles City was Effle, whose 105 tied her for 34th. In her final prep golf match, Lahr shot a 106 which placed her 36th.
“I believe most everyone shot their best (18-hole) rounds,” Johanningmeier said. “It was a great day for golf today, but we had a really crappy spring. But whenever they had a chance to go out, they really worked on their game.
“They were a fun group to be with.”
Johanningmeier said that he’s going to miss Lahr, who has been a four-year varsity player. Last season, Lahr achieved All-NEIC honors.
Eiffel earned All-NEIC honors for the Comets this season.
There was little surprise that the hosting Clear Lake Lions emerged as the regional champion. With sisters Meghan DeLong and Rebecca DeLong shooting respective medalist and runner-up medalist scores of 75 and 78, and Macey Holck (83) and Jaden Ainley (85) rounding out the Lions’ scoring, Clear Lake’s total of 321 was 41 strokes better than runner-up West Delaware, which was led by Top 10 individual scorers Kennedy Klostermann (87), Emma Hogan (89) and Ella Koloc (89).
Both top-two teams advance to the Class 3A Girls Golf State Tournament next Thursday and Friday (May 26 and 27) at River Valley Golf Course in Adel.
Waverly-Shell Rock was 2 strokes behind West Delaware in third place. But Go-Hawk sophomore Brenna Bodensteiner, who tied Webster City’s Katie Casady with a third-place 79 score, and freshman Mady Mummelthei, who placed fifth with an 82, advanced to state as individuals.