Bluejay golfers play 18 Monday and nine Tuesday

Kade VanKirk putts on the par-3 seventh green at the Woodward Golf Club April 14.

BOONE — One day after being one of 14 teams touring Lincoln Valley Golf Course in State Center, the Perry boys joined Carroll in visiting Cedar Pointe GC for a Raccoon River Conference triangular with host Boone.

Carroll squeezed past Boone, 162-164, for top honors, with Perry carding a 178.

“We finally have great weather — probably the best day of the year — and did not play very well,” Perry head coach Nick Field said. “We are still struggling for consistency, but I was pleased to see Tanner Darr have his career-best round.”

Darr fired a 43, as did Noah Wilkening, to pace Perry. The Bluejays also tallied the scores of Dane McCarty (45) and Kade VanKirk (47), with Connor Nielsen (47), Ryan Rathje (49), Tanner Duffy (50) and Luke Rathje (55) also on the course.

Kyle Emery of Carroll was meet medalist with a two-over par 38. Drake Warner (40), Koby Paulsen (40) and Cole Moore (44) also scored for the Tigers.

Medalist runner-up Ethan Lewis (39) was the low scorer for Boone, with the Toreadors also tabulating the cards of Dalton Huseman (41), Tanner Schminke (42) and Ben Wegner (42).


STATE CENTER — The Bluejays were coming off an 18-hole score of 350 Monday at Lincoln Valley GC during the West Marshall Invitational.

Grinnell won the event with an impressive 315, with Nevada’s 320 also a solid showing. Boone was third at 331 and PCM fourth at 332, with Oskaloosa (335), Norwalk (337), Bondurant-Farrar (346), Perry (350), South Hamilton (353), West Marshall (358), Carlisle (377), South Tama County (380), East Marshall (400) and Colo-NESCO (440) completing the field.

Lincoln Valley’s front nine is par 37 with three par-5 holes while the back nine has three par-3 holes and is par 35. However, holes 10-18 are considered far more difficult to play, most especially if the wind is up, as it was at times Monday.

Perry’s six golfers required 22 combined additional strokes to complete the back nine, with Luke Rathje the only Bluejay to shoot lower on holes 10-18 than on 1-9.

Wilkening started on the 10th and had three pars en route to an opening 43. He recovered in fine form, with four pars and birdies on all three par-5 holes on the front nine to finish with a team-best 36-43–79.

VanKirk shot a 40-44–84 for Perry, with Luke Rathje carding a 47-46–93 and Ryan Rathje a 45-49–94. Scores of 48-43–101 from Darr and of 49-52–101 from Duffy were not used toward the team score.

Perry is scheduled to join Newton at Winterset Thursday before hosting the 18-hole Bluejay Invitational Saturday, with the Witmer-Dunphy Coed Invitational slated for Monday.


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