Herald Staff Report
ALEDO, Ill. — Christian Rowan shot one of the best rounds of the day to earn second-team all-conference honors, but overall it was a rough day for the Clinton boys golf team at the Mississippi Athletic Conference tournament.
Despite playing in tougher weather conditions, Rowan trimmed three strokes off his first-round score and finished in a four-way tie for 10th place at 83-80—163 on the par-72 Hawthorn Ridge course.
“Second-team all-conference is very good,” Clinton coach Paul Niedermeyer said. “Christian’s score today was outstanding. Christian is a good ball striker, that’s the key. He hits it solid. He said he parred his first three or four holes and said he was putting the ball well.”
It was quite as good a day for the rest of the River Kings. After finishing Saturday’s first round just eight strokes out of fourth place, the River Kings shot the second-highest total Moinday — a 355 — and finished ninth at 683, 11 strokes behind eighth-place Muscatine, the team that was fourth after the first round.
“I think our first day was pretty good; it was a good rebound from how we played in Burlington (last Monday),” Niedermeyer said. “We had some kids rebound and play really, really well. To shoot 328, I’m happy with that. We came back with a good attitude. Today, (though) conditions were just brutal. It was cold and windy.
“We didn’t have anybody in the 80s (after Rowan), and we didn’t battle as well as we would have liked to. I was a little disappointed in that.”
The River Kings played the tournament without their No. 1 player, Jeremy Miller, who dislocated his elbow a couple of weeks ago.
North, third after the opening round, won with a 316-329—645. Niedermeyer said he couldn’t recall North having won the title before. First-day leader Bettendorf was second at 309-338—647, and North Scott and Pleasant Valley tied for third at 350. North Scott freshman Bobby Wolfe won medalist honors with a 72-82—154. He finished one stroke ahead of defending champion Owen Bell of Davenport North.
“It was kind of different,” Niedermeyer said of the two-day event that was pushed back by rain Friday. “Davenport North kind of came out of nowhere to win (the team title) and a freshman kid won the whole thing.”
MISSISSIPPI ATHLETIC CONFERENCE GOLF
Hawthorn Ridge Golf Course
1. Davenport North 316-329—645; 2. Bettendorf 309-338—647; 3. (tie) North Scott 323-327—650, Pleasant Valley 312-338—650; 5. Davenport Assumption 328-332—660; 6. Burlington 321-347—668; 7. Davenport Central 327-344—671; 8. Muscatine 320-352—672; 9. Clinton 328-355—683; 10. Davenport West 346-363—709.
1. Bobby Wolfe (NS) 72-82—154; 2. Owen Bell (DN) 74-81—155; 3. Kyle Mock (Bett) 77-79—156; 4. Andy Ode (DW) 79-78—157; 5. (tie) Jacob Ward (PV) 74-84—158, Spencer Jones (DN) 77-81—158; 7. Adam Burgos (DA) 81-79—160; 8. (tie) Josh Bechtol (Bett) 75-87—162, Nick Gustafson (Bur) 79-83—162; 10. (tie) Christian Rowan (Clin) 83-80—163, Ian Freemire (PV) 82-81—163; Jackson Hemberger (Bett) 75-88—163, Eric Larssen (NS) 85-78—163.
CLINTON — T-10. Rowan 83-80—163; T-37. Logan Hood 83-90—173; T-40. Matt Gray 81-94—175; T-43. Steve Davis 81-95—176; 50. Connor Hood 90-91—181; Tony Balk 95-dnc; Nolan Rolston dnc-108.
Herald Staff Report