During the past nine days, the South Tama County girls golf team has won three-consecutive tournaments, with its latest coming Saturday at the Benton Invitational.
The Trojans beat seven schools to win the tournament at Tara Hills Country Club. Their score was 354, which combines the top four golfer's scores. HLV Community finished runner-up with a score of 365, while Columbus placed third, shooting 370.
"All of the girls played well, especially Taylor and Paige Van Dyk today," head coach Kelle Boles said. "Some of the girls struggled on a few holes, but otherwise played well. We still had some shots that we missed and did not take advantage of, which would have lowered the score even more. We need to stop giving those strokes away."
South Tama County sophomore Paige Van Dyk hits a short putt on the fourth hole at the Tara Hills Country Club on Saturday. Van Dyk shot an 18-hole round of 79 to finish second behind her sister, senior Taylor Van Dyk. South Tama won the team competition at the Benton Invitational with a score of 354.
South Tama was again led by the Van Dyk sisters. Senior Taylor Van Dyk led all golfers with an 18-hole round of 75. She was the medalist and top golfer on the day.
Sophomore Paige Van Dyk finished second overall with a round of 79 on the par 72 course. She led the Trojans with the best score at the two previous tournaments.
"Taylor was in control today," Boles said. "Both her and Paige are playing with confidence, knowledge and good course management. They are very smart players."
Senior Kourtne Smith improved her round by more than 10 strokes from the one she played four days prior at West Marshall. Smith finished with a score of 90 on Saturday, which was good enough for eighth-best of any competitor.
"Kourtne Smith is also well and consistent," Boles said. "She never gets too rattled even, with her injury."
Senior Jenn Maus was the Trojans fourth-best golfer on the day. She shot a round of 107. Senior Tanya Halverson and sophomore Carrie Cibula each finished with scores of 110 and 112 on Saturday.
The Trojans will compete at PCM on Thursday.