Bluejay golfers evade Bombers

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Six starters return for the Jayettes, who can no longer be penciled in as an "automatic win" on any team's schedule.

The Perry boys golf team used a runner-up medalist round of 37 from Noah Wilkening to edge Ballard, 165-167, in a Raccoon River Conference dual at the Perry Golf and Country Club Tuesday.

Wilkening had eight pars and one bogey to finish one-over par despite wet conditions and a persistent drizzle. He was joined in the scoring column for the Jays by teammates Will Whiton, Kade VanKirk and Jack Brosnahan, who recorded scores of 41,43 and 44, respectively.

Connor Nielsen (46) and Zach Roberts (54) also played for the Perry varsity, but did not have their scores tabulated toward the team total.

Nash Bucher played an even-par round of 36 to secure medalist honors for Ballard, with Nick Baumhover (41), Aiden Fitchko (45) and Mike McVicker (45) also scoring for the Bombers. Rounds of 46 from Jaden Moody and of 55 from Sage Fitchko were not used for the visitor’s team tally.

The guests were 182-212 winners in the junior varsity portion of the meet, with Kolby Jensen (41), Lane Shaeffer (43), Noah Hartman (46) and Dylan Foster (52) scoring for Ballard while Cody Ihle (52) and Cody Knutson (62) did not have their scores tabulated.

The Bluejay JV was paced by Ryan Rathje’s 51, with Tanner Darr and Tanner Duffy each shooting rounds of 53 while Brody Kimrey had a 55. Cards of 60 from Tyler Soll and of 65 from Luke Rathje were not used.

Perry returns to action Thursday when they visit Jefferson for a triangular with host Greene County and Des Moines Christian. Tee time is 4 p.m.

PERRY 165, BALLARD 167

at PGCC, April 7

Four lowest scores used for team total

PRY (165) – Wilkening, 37; Whiton, 41; VanKirk, 43; Brosnahan, 44; Nielsen, 46; Roberts, 54.

BAL (167) – Bucher, 36; Baumhover, 41; A. Fitchko, 45; McVicker, 45; Moody, 46; S. Fitchko, 65.

Medalist – Bucher, BAL, 36.

Runner-up medalist – Wilkening, PRY, 37.

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