MARION — Brittany Coppess added another highlight to her Clinton High golf career, claiming medalist honors Tuesday at the Linn-Mar Invitational at Hunters Ridge Golf Course.
Coppess and Pleasant Valley’s Rachele Miller each shot an 83 to tie for the best score among the 84 golfers on the course.
“She tied Rachele Miller, but we consider it a victory,” Clinton Coach Dan Sullivan said.
A week ago, Miller scorched the Glynns Creek Course, shooting a 69 to beat Coppess by 11 strokes. Miller placed fourth at last year’s Class 5A state meet, while Coppess tied for 14th.
“On the front nine I had her beat by one stroke and had a 42 on the tougher part (the back nine),” Coppess said. “I was surprised she had 41 on the back to tie me.”
Coppess said playing against Miller provided good incentive.
“I try to play like she does or how she does or keep up with her,” Coppess said. “I like having somebody to chase. It gives me motivation.”
Although she put up the lowest score, it wasn’t low enough to suit Coppess. Or at least the way she played didn’t satisfy her.
“I didn’t bidie any holes and had four double bogeys and a couple of bogeys,” she said. “The whole time I thought I was like in sixth place. I beat the four girls I played with, and I felt they had better shots than me, but I scrambled better.”
Sullivan said it was a pretty good score, considering the course.
“It’s a very, very tough course,” he said. “It’s long and has lots of trouble. It has the hardest back nine we play.”
Coppess said a long course suited her game well.
“When I go out and practice, I play off the whites (tee boxes), so I’m used to playing longer irons into greens. I’m a bigger girl so I hit longer.”
She said the victory should help for the stretch run as she prepared for the conference tournament and, hopefully, a return trip to the state meet.
“It boosts my confidence a bunch, but I’ve got to keep cool at the same time,” she said.
Clinton placed 11th in the 14-team competition, shooting a 452. Cedar Falls won with a 357 total.
“I have no problem with what we shot,” Sullivan said.
“We beat a few teams and were close to beating a few others,” Sullivan said. “It’s a good meet for two reasons. It’s long, so it toughens you up. There’s not going to be another course where you have to walk this much. Now everything is easier. It also puts you in a situation where you’re not going to see a lot of courses with 11 holes with water. It helps you learn under pressure.”
He said typically the tournament served as a great setup for the team’s following meet (Monday at the Burlington Invitational at Flint Hills Golf Course).
“Every year w go to Flint Hills and our confidence comes back after this one,” Sullivan said.
Besst leads Sabers to 2nd
DEWITT — Ellie Besst of Central DeWitt shot a 97 to claim medalist honors on her home course Tuesday and lead the Sabers to a second-place team finish at their invitational girls golf tournament at Springbrook Country Club.
Besst shot a 97 to beat Marquette Catholic’s Carly Jacobs by two strokes. The difference was the front nine.
Besst parred the par-3 second and sixth holes and shot a 49 on the front, while Jacobs had a 53 with a par on No. 2.
Jacobs had pars on Nos. 13, 15 and 16 and shot a 46 on the back. Besst had a 48 on the back side, including four consecutive bogeys on Nos. 11-14.
Davenport Assumption won the team title with a 421-stroke total, with the Sabers finishing seven strokes back. Former Prince of Peace athlete Alyssa Sikkema shot a 104 for the Knights to place sixth overall.
Northeast placed fifth with a 479 team total, and Prince of Peace took seventh with a 588. Megan Crockett made a pair of pars and led the Rebels with a 113, while Caitlyn Jacobs topped the Irish with a 111.
PEOSTA — Maquoketa finished seventh Tuesday at the eight-team Western Dubuque Invitational at Timberline Golf Course.
Dyersville Beckman won the team title with a 371. The Cardinals finished at 487.
Maddie Hawkins of Dubuque Senior was the medalist with an 81.
Hunters Ridge GC, par 72
1. Cedar Falls 357; 2. Pleasant Valley 370; 3. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 389; 4. Cedar Rapids Xavier 402; 5. North Scott 413; 6. Marion Linn-Mar 414; 7. Cedar Rapids Washington 415; 8. (tie) Cedar Rapids Prairie, Davenport North 426; 10. Waterloo West 437; 11. Clinton 452; 12. Mid-Prairie 457; 13. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 484; 14. Marion 497.
Medalists — Brittany Coppess (Clinton), Rachele Miller (Pleasant Valley) 83.
CLINTON — Coppess 41-42—83, Annie Fier 50-65—115, McKenzley Morris 57-60—117, Rachelle Susie 60-77—137, Lily Gabel 144, Genevieve Ehlers 147.
CENTRAL DEWITT INVITATIONAL
Springbrook CC, par 71
1. Davenport Assumption 421; 2. Davenport Central 428; 3. Davenport West 439; 4. Durant-Bennett 448; 5. Northeast 479; 6. Davenport Central 516; 7. Prince of Peace 588.
1. Ellie Besst (CD) 97; 2. Carly Jacobs (Marquette Catholic) 99; 3. Emmy Marker (DavC) 101; 4. Julia Field (DavA) 102; 5. Sydney Howard (DavW) 102.
CENTRAL DEWITT — Besst 97, Mackenzie Kuehn 108, Maddie Blandin 110, Olivia Haack 113, Andrea Suhr 121, Claire Campbell 125.
NORTHEAST — Megan Crockett 113, Allison Oberman 121, Jacey House 122, Emma Bowman 123, Cassidy Jacobsen 124, Marissa Bormann 130.
PRINCE OF PEACE — Caitlyn Jacobs 111, Sydney Schreiber 127, Alyssa Hovey 160, Sydney Kaup 190.
WESTERN DUBUQUE INVITATIONAL
Timberline GC, par 72
1. Dyersville Beckman 371; 2. Dubuque Hempstead 377; 3. Dubuque Wahlert 396; 4. Dubuque Senior 402; 5. Western Dubuque 409; 6. Monticello 424; 7. Maquoketa 487; 8. Cascade 488.
1. Maddie Hawkins (Sen) 81; 2. Blair Klostermann (Beck) 82; 3. Allison Ries (Mont) 85; 4. Brooke Klostermann (Beck) 87; 5. Tierney Dalsing (Hemp) 89.
MAQUOKETA — Liz Gavin 113, Allissa Vogel 123, Taylor Thede 125, Brooklyn Manders 126.