Conrad shoots career-low 70
GARNER — Delaney Conrad served notice here Monday that she’s ready to battle at the upcoming Class 2A state golf tournament.
The Southeast Valley junior fired a career-best round of 2-under-par 70 to claim medalist honors and advance again to state.
Okoboji was the team champion with Emmetsburg firing a 378 to also advance.
State is set for May 28-29 in Ames at the Ames Golf and Country Club.
Conrad won the regional meet by seven strokes after claiming a title last week at the Carroll Country Club with an 80. Her score on Monday was the lowest among all 2A golfers by three shots.
On the day, Conrad had six birdies, eight pars and four bogeys, avoiding any penalty shots or three-putts, which “helps a lot,” she said.
“I felt pretty confident with every shot, especially my driver,” Conrad added. “I knew I was capable of (the round). It is very nice to finally reach my goals and it allows me to continue setting my goals higher and higher.”
Last year at state, Conrad finished seventh overall after rounds of 85 and 83. She had a 40 on the back nine in the second round for her best nine-hole state score.
“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to return and compete at state again,” Conrad said. “I have high hopes, but in the end, I will be happy if I stay solid and play my game.”
Conrad is ranked fourth in 2A for combined scoring average. She had averaged 84.5 over two previous 18-hole rounds and averaged just under 41 for 10 nine-hole rounds.
Wildcats claim regional title, gold for Carlson
STORM LAKE — Behind Frances Carlson’s medalist performance, the Humboldt girls punched their ticket to the Class 3A state golf meet.
Carlson fired an 82, besting Atlantic’s Alyssa Ginther by three strokes. The Wildcats had a 352 team score, which was well ahead of Atlantic’s 390 at Buena Vista University Golf Course.
The 3A meet is set for May 28-29 in Ankeny at Otter Creek Golf Course.
“We talked before the meet and went through the averages of the teams and I told the girls to just play how you have been and we’ll be fine,” HHS head coach Jessica Harklau said. “That took some of the pressure off of them.”
Humboldt had competed here recently at an invitational, which Harklau said helped prepare the girls for the course and conditions.
“Frances played really, really well,” Harklau said. “She has gone and played this course several times so that really helped prepare her.
“She was really relaxed and that paid off for both her and the rest of the team.”
Along with Carlson’s top finish, Nora Carlson and Kelly Boleyn tied for fourth with 88s followed by a 94 by Kenzie McCarten and Arielle Naeve’s 100.
“All of the girls shaved strokes off from the last time we played this course,” Harklau said. “I am absolutely happy with how we played.”
Joining Humboldt and Atlantic will be Gilbert, Carroll, Grinnell, Centerville, Dubuque Wahlert, Cedar Rapids Xavier, defending state champion Washington and Central DeWitt.
Garrigan back at state
BRITT — The Bishop Garrigan girls fired a 366 to secure a Class 1A regional title and spot in the state golf tournament next week.
The Golden Bears will compete May 28-29 in Marshalltown at the American Legion Golf Course with Alta/Aurelia, who bested North Union for second on the tiebreaker.
Ava Eisenbarth led Bishop Garrigan with an 87, which placed her second to Alta/Aurelia’s Annika Patton on the individual leaderboard. Patton, who has committed to the University of Northern Iowa and was third in 2A last year at state, fired a 79 for medalist honors.
Isabella Capesius was third with a 92, Annie Burns finished fifth with a 93 and Anna Berke gave the Golden Bears four in the Top-6 with a 94.
“I’m super excited about being able to golf two more rounds of my senior year,” Capesius said. “Going back to state, I really wanna push myself to score better than I have the last two years. I felt like last year I didn’t improve because I shot the same score as my sophomore year.”
Last year, the Golden Bears placed seventh overall with Capesius tying for 23rd and Berke tying for 30th.
“I’m extremely happy that the team is moving on,” Capesius said. “We’ve come a long way and there’s no other team I’d want to share these memories with.”
North Union’s Vanessa Von Bank and Kayla Sabin each had 97s with Halle Rezac adding a 98.
Joining Bishop Garrigan and Alta/Aurelia will be Akron-Westfield, Woodbury Central, Boyer Valley, IKM-Manning, Grundy Center, defending champion Iowa Valley, East Buchanan and Maquoketa Valley.