The Norwalk boys golf team won their Class 3-A sectional meet at Willow Creek Golf Course on May 15 to advance to the district meet at Bos Landen Golf Course in Pella on Friday.
Norwalk topped the eight-team field with a 315 followed by Pella at 318 and Knoxville at 320. All three teams will play at Bos Landen along with Centerville and Williamsburg with the top two squads and four individuals advancing to the state meet.
Senior Carter Albrecht birdied the first hole on the way to a season-low 73 to take individual honors. Carter Mallett was two strokes back at 75 to finish in the runner-up position. Tyler Landstrum had an 83 and Mike Guessford an 84 to round out the team scoring. Ryan Owens chipped in an 85 and Ben Hallin had a 91.
“The Norwalk golfers have been very consistent all year and it is the Warriors’ team depth that has helped them place first or second all year,” said head coach Steve Wermerskirchen.
The boys warmed up for the section meet with a May 11 appearance in the Grinnell Invitational at the Grinnell Country Club.
Norwalk finished second at 329 behind first-place Grinnell at 326. Mallett and Grinnell’s Lucas Scherf finished in a tie for first with each shooting a 77 in regulation. Scherf won medalist honors birdying the second playoff hole.
Albrecht had an 80, Landstrum an 83 and Guessford an 89 to round out the team scoring with Hallin adding a 91 and Drew Rosonke a 105.
<b>Girls second at conference golf</b>
The Norwalk girls golf team finished the regular season against a four-team Little Hawkeye Conference field at Warrior Run Golf Course in Norwalk on May 12.
Class 4-A fourth-ranked Newton won the meet at 173 and claimed the conference dual season title. Norwalk was second at 189 and also second in the Little Hawkeye Conference. Dallas Center-Grimes followed at 209 with Pella Christian coming in at 251.
Rachel Frescoln led the way for Norwalk with a 43 with Rachel Weber a shot back at 44. Jenna Migliero added a 48 and Gabby Grove and Emily Kawano tied at 54.
Norwalk is scheduled to play in the Class 4-A regional meet at Westwood Golf Course in Newton on May 26. ADM, Ballard, Carlisle, Creston, Dallas Center-Grimes, Grinnell, Knoxville, Newton, Pella, Perry and Winterset will be the other teams at the meet.