Both South Tama County golf teams earned victories at prestigious Hyperion Country Club on Monday as they beat Ankeny Christian.
The STC boys claimed its first win of the season Monday. The Trojans shot 202, while Ankeny Christian scored 213 as a team. The top four player's scores combine to make the team total.
"It felt good to win," Kolton Smith said. "It was nice. We shot well for the course, which is tough. It's awesome to play at that course."
South Tama’s Kolton Smith watches his ball before it dropped into the cup for a birdie on the second hole Tuesday at the Tama-Toledo Country Club. Smith shot a 40 on the nine-hole course to lead the Trojans, who finished runner-up to South Hardin by three shots.
Smith led the Trojans with a 39, which was good enough for the second-lowest nine-hole score of the meet. Dalton Doyle shot a 51, which was fourth-best on the day.
Trent Banes and Alec Hill were the next two lowest scores for South Tama as they shot 55 and 57, respectively. Taylon Andersen and Trevor Yuska also played for South Tama and shot rounds of 62 and 73.
On the girls' side, a trio of Trojans shot scores of under 50 for nine holes as the Trojans cruised to victory. STC scored 191 and won by 29 strokes over Ankeny Christian.
Paige Van Dyk led the Trojans with a round of 43, which was second-lowest of the meet. Taylor Van Dyk shot 45, while Kourtne Smith posted a 48, which tied for fourth-best of the day.
Carrie Cibula had the next lowest score for South Tama with a 55. Jenn Maus and Amelia Hoskey also played varsity. Tanya Halverson did shoot a 54, but she was the lone junior varsity player.
The South Tama girls continued their winning ways on Tuesday at West Marshall. The Trojans won the 11-team invitational. Each golfer played 18 holes and the Trojans score was 367, good enough to edge out Grundy Center (376).
"This was the really big win for us and also just two strokes (putts) between sisters," head coach Kelle Boles said. "Paige and Taylor are both excellent players and showed it here. It was a great day for our whole team all the way around and just the beginning for our team."
Paige and Taylor Van Dyk posted the two lowest scores of any golfers with a 76 and 78. Paige Van Dyk even shot an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole. One other golfer shot an 84 with one more shooting an 87, while most of the rest of the field was above 90 or 100.
Kourtne Smith and Maus posted scores of 104 and 109 for the Trojans. Cibula and Halverson also played varsity and shot 115 and 118.
On Tuesday, the Trojans boys hosted a dual against South Hardin at the Tama Toledo Country Club. South Hardin narrowly won the match, posting a score of 187 to edge out STC's score of 190.
"Our team isn't too strong this year, but we're getting better," Smith said. "We shot well today as a team and scored our lowest score of the year."
South Tama posted the two lowest scores of the day. Smith shot a 40, while Doyle shot his season-best score of 44 to help the Trojans. Andersen and Banes shot 51 and 55 on the nine-hole course. Hill shot a 58, while Yuska shot a 61.
"I didn't play very good," Smith said. "I went out of bounds a couple of times."