MARSHALLTOWN – Clinton’s Brittany Coppess and Marquette Catholic’s Carly Jacobs golfed only a mile apart from one another Monday and Tuesday, and both were satisfied with their results.
Coppess was one of three golfers who tied for 14th place at the Iowa Class 5A state tournament at Elmwood Country Club, while Jacobs finished tied for fourth with a 171 at American Legion Memorial Golf Course.
Coppess finished with a 175-stroke total in the two-day tournament, and she improved her 90 from Monday to an 85 on Tuesday. She improved her position on the leaderboard by six spots.
“All I wanted (was) to be in the top 17, and I did that, but I didn’t get any birdies,; it was a tough course,” Coppess said.
The River Queen junior’s main goal was to do better than last year – which she accomplished. Coppess finished 17th in 2013 with a 174.
“She worked hard, and she got back to this place, which is really hard,” Clinton coach Dan Sullivan said. “We walked the course on Sunday night to get a feel of what it would be like.”
Coppess and Sullivan had a plan of how to attack the course for Monday. Then, Mother Nature decided to stick a fork into their ideas: gusty winds.
“You couldn’t tell where your clubs were going to go,” Sullivan said.
Coppess also felt the frustration of the impeding wind to her game. She was the lone golfer in the top 14 who turned in a round of 90.
“There was a lot more wind yesterday, and today, there was virtually none,” she said. “There was nothing, and that helped. The pressure was lifted off knowing you have an extra day, because last year the second round got rained out.”
Coppess said her putter was the strongest part of her game this week.