DAVENPORT — Everything said it was a day for a good score Tuesday when the Clinton golf team traveled to Emeis Golf Course for the boys district tournament — from sunny skies to pleasant temperatures. Everything, that is, except the play of the River Kings.
Most of the River Kings walked off the course disappointed after the team finished 11th in the 13-team event that determined qualifiers for this weekend’s state tournament at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion.
Bettendorf edged Pleasant Valley by one stroke for the team title, 312-313, and Burlington (317) joined those two in team advancement. Marshal Lamb of Pleasant Valley claimed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 74, while five others finished one stroke behind him.
No one from Clinton was very close.
“Our scores were high today,” Clinton coach Paul Niedermeyer said, “a lot higher than we anticipated or were hoping for. This is the time we should be playing our best golf. Obviously, we didn’t do that.”
The River Kings posted a 357-stroke total, winding up one shot behind Davenport West in the team standings. Freshman Jake Luett led Clinton with an 86, while senior Justin Tomona was next at 88. Neither was smiling about his round.
“I wasn’t really too happy,” Tomona said. “I was second, but it’s a bad score, and I can shoot better than that. Pars and bogeys, and a double here and there.”
Tomona said his tee shots were the worst part of his game, but most of the Kings had putting problems.
“They aerofied the greens last week, and you hit a good putt and it would bump off,” Luett said. “I got mad at myself a few times, which cost me a few shots.”
Greens are aerated — or have holes punched in them to loosen soil — occasionally to help get oxygen to the roots of the grass. It takes awhile for the holes to fill in, and sand often is used to fill them. Until they fill in, greens are uneven.