State boys' golf: Waukee edges Kennedy for title

State boys' golf: Waukee edges Kennedy for title

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State boys' golf: Waukee edges Kennedy for title

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POLK CITY, Ia.

The calm celebrations Matthew Walker shared with his Ottumwa teammates could have been because the sophomore was confident ahead of Saturday’s final round at the Class 4-A state boys’ golf meet.

Or because after a long round and cold weather-delayed tee time at the Tournament Club of Iowa, the individual champion was ready to get warm inside.

Walker’s second-round 72 gave him a 141, and his first state title by five strokes.

“At the start we were more bundled up than you’d like to be playing golf, but by the end it didn’t bother me so much,” Walker said. “I wanted to control what I could. If I didn’t win but played well, that’s all I cared about coming in. But getting this victory obviously feels nice.”

The second straight title won by a sophomore granted Ottumwa a third-place finish in a team contest that was decided by a single stroke.

Waukee shot a 617 to win its second team championship in three years, both times edging Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Kennedy was one shot back.

“It’s great to see these kids work so hard and have it come down to one stroke,” Waukee coach John Kotz said. “That’s the fun of it. They knew they had to come out today and grind it.”

All six Waukee players shot under 80 in Friday’s first round, and another consistent round propelled the Warriors once the scores were posted in the clubhouse.

The Waukee girls’ team won the Class 4-A championship in May.

“All of our kids knew it was close, and I think that keeps driving you all 18 holes as a player,” Kotz said. “They set this goal before the season, but you never know what’s going to happen.”

Kennedy became a team runner-up for the fifth time in school history, missing its first state title since 1991.

The Cougars led Waukee by a single stroke after round one, but couldn’t close out the win on a day when a nine-hole score was close to the temperature.

“This is one of those things you put in your memory forever, but hopefully they’ll only have to remember until next year at this time,” Kennedy coach Mark Wilden said. “You can second guess, but everybody has that. There’s an ebb and flow to the entire tournament and it has a life all its own. We’re happy, but not satisfied.”

Walker was tied for the lead after round one, shooting a 69 with Johnston senior Grant Smith. Smith wound up tied for second place with Ames senior Dustin Atkinson and Ankeny junior Andrew Huseman at 146.

“This meet had so many great players. I just knew that if I kept making par that I’d be right there at the end of the day,” Walker said.

Defending champion Jeff Swegle of West Des Moines Valley finished 11 strokes behind the leader.

Walker became the eighth Ottumwa golfer to win an individual title.

RESULTS

Final Team Scoring
Waukee (617)–
DeNucci 77-75–152, Campbell 77-77–154, McKinney 76-78–154, Woofter 79-79–158, Howe 78-81–159, Littlefield 79-82–161.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy (618)–
Moore 76-76–152, Sutton 78-74–152, Koberg 72-81–153, Murdock 81-82–163, Custer 84-80–164, Grekoff 85-91–176.
Ottumwa (629)–
Walker 69-72–141, Wetrich 79-76–155, Grooms 82-84–166, Patritto 87-85–172, Gardner 82-98–180, Coble WD.
Dowling (633)–
Calhoun 77-74–151, DeBartolo 82-75–157, Gradoville 83-80–163, Barber 83-86–169, Hanson 86-83–169, McMurray 90-79–169.
Pleasant Valley (633)–
Bohn 81-73–154, Kennedy 76-82–158, Vandemore 80-79–159, Payne 80-82–162, Spay 83-89–172, Lamb 89-90–179.
Johnston (636)–
Smith 69-77–146, Campbell 75-84–159, Sesker 82-83–165, Burns 83-83–166, Kleinschmidt 92-84–176, Hawks 84-95–179.
Valley (637)–
Swegle 77-75–152, Everett 79-81–160, Vandersee 79-84–163, Reddig 85-83–168, Grotnes 82-87–169, Walsh 88-81–169.
Bettendorf (645)–
Gaydos 78-80–158, Grell 87-73–160, Pohlman 80-80–160, Cox 84-86–170, Elkin 91-83–174, Beals 87-89–176.
Cedar Rapids Xavier (645)–
Junge 75-78–153, Ingwersen 75-80–155, Thinnes 79-85–164, Even 88-86–174, Sagers 89-85–174, Drahozal 90-89–179.
Ankeny (648)–
Huseman 72-74–146, Peck 80-83–163, Matthias 81-87–168, DePrez 82-94–176, Schnepf 91-89–180, Ellwood 88-94–182.
Ames (654)–
Atkinson 74-72–146, Sorrentino 78-83–161, Power 94-77–171, Stuart 85-91–176, Boylan 99-91–190, Galyon 97-102–199.
Muscatine (663)–
Hutton 84-74–158, Snyder 82-87–169, Solt 84-85–169, Miller 84-86–170, Carey 90-84–174, Madison 84-95–179.
Individuals–
Vanderlinden (Indianola) 79-75–154; Wolfe (North Scott) 81-80–161; Deines (Cedar Falls) 84-90–174.
Final Individual Leaders
1. Walker (O) 69-72–141; 2. tie, Atkinson (Am) 74-72–146; Huseman (An) 72-74–146; Smith (J) 69-77–146; 5. Calhoun (D) 77-74–151; 6. tie, DeNucci (W) 77-75–152; Moore (CRK) 76-76–152; Sutton (CRK) 78-74–152; Swegle (V) 77-75–152; 10. tie, Junge (CRX) 75-78–153; Koberg (CRK) 72-81–153.

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