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Iowa Lakes Men’s Golf Squad Wins Season Opener, Women Take Top Three Places

By Staff | Mar 29, 2016

The Iowa Lakes Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams were in action for their first tournament of the 2016 Spring season at the Northeast CC Spring invite in Norfolk, NE last week.

After the first day of play, the Laker men finished with a team score of 301. Leading the way was Matt Bennett with a 1-under par 71 to lead the tournament. Zach Elgersma shot a 75 to stand in third plac, while Michael Pugh fired a 77 to tie for eighth place. Jacob Baker shot a 78 to be tied for 11 th place. Jordan Henry was the non-counting score with a 79 and was tied for 15 th place. Individually Connor Anderson shot a 79 to be tied for 15 th place.

On the Women’s side the Lakers were led by Taylor Knight with a 97, Ashton Connelly shot a 99, and Kelley Harris shot a 100.

” I feel like we played well in the opening round,” noted Laker Head Coach Dan Soper. “The players had some adversity and they handled it well. I’m proud of the way they continue to improve and battle each day. The men held a 5 shot lead in the team race and I know they really want to win as a team.”

The following day, the Laker men and womens’ golf teams wrapped up the final round of the Northeast CC Spring Tournament.

For the men they held a 5 shot lead over night and improved on their first round score to win by seven shots. In the final round the men carded a 293 which was led by Matt Bennet’s course record and new school record six-under par 66 to claim the medalist honors, winning by 11 shots. Jacob Baker shot a 73 to finish tied for fifth. Michael Pugh and Jordan Henry both carded 77s to round out the scoring. Pugh finished 13th while Henry finished 15th.

Zach Elgersma shot a 78 on the final day as the non-counting score but finished tied for 11th. Individually Connor Anderson carded a second day score of 85 to finish 24th.

On the women’s side Taylor Knight carded an 89 on day two to win the tournament. Ashton Connelly carded an 89 to finish second and Kelley Harris carded an 89 to finish third.

“I feel like we had a great tournament as a team on both sides,” Coach Soper said in review. “Matt played great for us and the rest of the guys filled in. Jacob had a great day as he had a little adversity on the front with a 40 but came back on the back side and shot 33. I?thought the women all played well. They each know what they have to do to work on their games a little more but they all played some great golf. This was a great start to the spring for us we will continue to improve and get better.”

Next action for the Lakers will be April 2nd and 3rd when they travel to Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny to play in the Iowa Central Community College Tournament.