PARK VIEW — Shoot an 80 at Glynns Creek in a girls golf meet and you’re often in the hunt for medalist honors.
However, Clinton’s Brittany Coppess did that Thursday and finished a distant third at the Lancer Invitational hosted by North Scott High School.
Pleasant Valley’s Rachele Miller scorched the course with a 3-under-par 69, and Dubuque Senior’s Maddie Hawkins came in at 2-over 74 to lead the day under ideal conditions.
“At Glynns Creek, in a tournament for girls, that’s the best score I’ve ever seen,” Clinton Coach Dan Sullivan said. “(Miller) started on the back, which is easier.”
Sullivan said Miller started her round on No. 11, “an easy par 3.” She went 13 consecutive holes with nothing worse than a par and had birdies on Nos. 12, 15 and 18. After a double-bogey 6 on No. 6, she finished birdie-par-par-birdie.
Hawkins’ round included birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 15 and 18.
“She’s 4-foot-nothing but hits the ball and gives it a ride and is very good around the greens,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said Coppess didn’t play poorly, either, although she had a 78 on the course Sunday during a practice round.
“She had two three-putts on par-5s,” Sullivan said, pointing out where two or more strokes could have been salvaged. Another costly hole was a triple bogey-7 on No. 1.
“If she does halfway good on that one, she is under 80,” Sullivan said.
“She pulled it way left and got in trouble, then came over at a weird angle,” Sullivan explained. She pulled out a range finder, but I think she hit a mound in front (of the green) instead of the cup and she came up 20 yards short.”
Coppess, who started her round on No. 4, recovered after that, though, and finished with a pair of 3s, the first for par on No. 2 and the second for birdie on No. 3.
“That birdie was maybe 10 inches from being an eagle,” Sullivan said. “Her response (to the 7) was very good.
Coppess also one-putted for a birdie-4 on No. 15 and finished with eight pars.
Clinton’s next four players, led by Annie Fier, came in with scores between 112 and 123, and the River Queens finished 10th in the team race with a 435-stroke total.
“It was Annie’s first meet, and I think she easily can recover and will be the next one to break 100,” Sullivan said. “Length is a problem for McKenzley Morris (120) and Rachelle Susie (123). It’s a long course.
Pleasant Valley won the team title with a 329. Central DeWitt finished sixth with a 398, with Maddie Blandin and Olivia Haack each shooting a 96.
Rebels edge Comets
CLINTON — Carly Jacobs of Marquette Catholic claimed medalist honors with a 44, and Northeast edged Bellevue 243-248 in the team race Thursday at girls golf triangular at Canyon Creek Golf Course.
Jacobs had a birdie-4 on the second hole and had pars on everything else excepts Nos. 1 and 9.
Bailey Theisen of Bellevue was second in the medalist race with a 54, which included bogeys on Nos. 2 and 6. Megan Crockett led the Rebels with a 57. She had bogeys on Nos. 4, 6 and 7.
Glynns Creek GC, par 36-36—72
1. Pleasant Valley 329; 2. Monticello 353; 3. Dubuque Wahlert 354; 4. Dubuque Senior 358; 5. North Scott 376; 6. Central DeWitt 398; 7. Davenport Assumption 417; 8. Davenport North 420; 9. Davenport West 431; 10. Clinton 435.
1. Rachele Miller (PV) 69; 2. Maddie Hawkins (Sen) 74; 3. Brittany Coppess 80; 4. (tie) Emma Noel (Sen), Allison Ries (Mont), Lana Lindstrom (PV), Darby Kramer (Mont) 83; 8. Marissa Meyer (Wahl) 84; 9. Charlotte Flynn (Wahl) 85; 10. Danielle Henricksen (PV) 86.
CLINTON — Coppess 40-40—80; Annie Fier 61-51—112; McKenzley Morris 55-65—120; Rachelle Susie 60-63–123; Lily Gabel 61-62—123; Katy Fier 70-64—134.
Canyon Creek, par 35
1. Northeast 243; 2. Bellevue 248; Note — Marquette Catholic did not have enough golfers for a team score.
Medalist — Carly Jacobs (Marq) 44.
NORTHEAST — Megan Crockett 57; Emma Bowman 61; Allison Oberman 62; Cassidy Jacobsen 63; Jacey House 64; Taylor Flemming 67.
BELLEVUE — Bailey Theisen 54; Maci Reeg 59; Eileen Clausen 66; Megan Pitts 69; Robyn Stillmunkes 76; Marissa McAuliffe 84.