Big East golf

Lisbon’s Tyler Gunderson (right), shown at a meet earlier this season, earned medalist honors Monday and led the Lions to the Big East Conference boys golf title. Preston’s Luke Assenmacher (left) finished in fifth place in the meet at Hillcrest Country Club in Mount Vernon.

The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

MOUNT VERNON — Chris Vens said the home-course advantage helped, but it wasn’t the only reason Lisbon won a close battle against Prince of Peace and Camanche to capture the Big East Conference boys golf title Monday at Hillcrest Country Club.

Led by medalist Tyler Gunderson, Lisbon golfers posted three of the top six individual scores and the Lions shot a combined 323 to win team honors. Prince of Peace edged Camanche 330-332 for second place.

“I don’t think either team played up to its potential today,” Vens, the Prince of Peace coach, said in comparing his Irish and Camanche, who have battled back and forth all year for team honors at the meets they’ve played.

“I think that was part of the case,” Vens said of Lisbon playing on its home course. “They played very well, Gunderson is very good and any time you have three of the top six, you have a good chance to come home with the victory. “(But) as I told the boys, I wasn’t impressed with our play.”

Three Prince of Peace golfers — Eric Sikkema, James Nelson and Joe Vens — shot 82s (for ninth, 10th and 11th places), and John Nelson shot an 84.

“We had consistency, and that’s played out very well for us in the past,” coach Vens said. “But it’s a short course, and what we needed to do was avoid double bogeys and triple bogeys. We had 10 double or triple bogeys that we counted. It’s tough to win when you do that.”

Lisbon, meanwhile, had 11 double bogeys or higher — six from its No. 4 scorer — but the Lions had more than enough birdies and pars to make up for the extra shots. Their four scorers combined for 23 pars and 11 birdies, including three of the latter on both the No. 11 and No. 13 holes.

Gunderson shot a 2-over-par 72 to earn medalist honors. He played the front nine in 39, then scorched the back side at 2-under 33. His second nine included birdies on Nos. 10, 11, 13 and 17. Teammate Matt Knake took second with a 75 that included birdies on Nos. 4, 6, 11, 13 and 16.

Mike Sullens of Camanche claimed third place with a 75. He put together a consistent round that had one birdie (No. 16) and 10 pars. Geoff Damann of Midland also had a 75, and Preston’s Lucas Assenmacher rounded out the top five with a 79.

Coach Vens said there still was plenty of time for his team — and the others — to pull things together and try to make a run at the state meet. Sectional tournaments are scheduled for a week from Friday.

“I certainly hope there’s a takeaway for the boys (from Monday),” he said.

Team standings

1. Lisbon 323; 2. Prince of Peace 330; 3. Camanche 332; 4. Bellevue 346; 5. Preston 350; 6. Calamus-Wheatland 365; 7. East Central 392; 8. Andrew 401; 9. Midland 408; 10. Northeast 417. Bellevue Marquette did not have the four golfers needed for a team score.

Individual leaders

1. Tyler Gunderson 72; 2. Matt Knake (Lis) 75; 3. Mike Sullens (Cam) 77; 4. Geoff Damann (Mid) 77; 5. Lucas Assenmacher (Pres) 79; 6. Kris Walters (Lis) 80; 7. Brady Grell (Cam) 81; 8. Cody Hammond (Bel) 82; 9. Eric Sikkema (POP) 82; 10. James Nelson (POP) 82; 11. Joe Vens (POP) 82.

LISBON — Tyler Gunderson 39-33—72; Matt Knake 39-36—75; Kris Walters 40-40—80; Seth Hall 44-52—96; Pat Myers 49-49—98; Jacob Nielsen 52-52—104.

PRINCE OF PEACE — Eric Sikkema 41-41—82; James Nelson 42-40—82; Joe Vens 43-39—82; John Nelson 37-47—84; Drew Sikkema 46-42—88; Andy Schnier (POP) 47-47—94.

CAMANCHE — Mike Sullens 37-40—77; Brady Grell 39-42—81; Dan McGarry 44-42—86; Andrew Keeling 45-43—88; Cody Snodgrass 50-43—93; Cody Clausen 47-51—98.

BELLEVUE — Cody Hammond 43-39—82; Matt Ploessl 46-37—83; Tyrel Schroeder 47-41—88; Trevor Michels 47-46—93; Trevor Roling 45-49—94; Jake Sieverding 53-43—96.

PRESTON — Lucas Assenmacher 39-40—79; Austin Hughes 46-40—86; Mike Burken 45-47—92; Kyle Feller 49-44—93; Lance Simmons 53-46—99; Keaton Michel 52-54—106.

CALAMUS-WHEATLAND — Joe Buchmeyer 83; Jeff Mente 47-40—87; Drew Jacobi 44-46—90; Ryan Helig 56-49—105; Landon Goettsch 55-54—109; Austin Forrett 59-56—115.

EAST CENTRAL — Tyler Mussmann 50-39—89; Trent Mussmann 48-47—95; Taylor Keeney 50-50—100; Nate Wall 51-57—108; Josh Rathje 57-55—112; Luke Figie 57-56—113.

ANDREW — Montana Deppe 48-44—92; Eric Hously 47-55—102; Chance Deppe 50-53—103; Nick McMahon 54-50—104; Cody Schveiger 53-53—106; Jared Dalton 58-57—115.

MIDLAND — Geoff Damann 39-38—77; John Hansen 53-52—105; Sam McCreedy 60-53—113; Kevin Coon 59-54—113; Keith Yarolem 53-64—117.

NORTHEAST — Jordan Howe 44-49—93; Jared Rodewald 51-53—104; Tanner Kleppe 56-53—109; Jake Bendixen 59-52—111; Lance Briggs 60-53—113; Greg Bott 66-59—125.

BELLEVUE MARQUETTE — Troy Weber 51-41—92; Kyle Jacobs 54-46—100; Nick Bies 58-55—113.

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