Sophomore Paige Van Dyk was a force to be reckoned with Friday at the Cardinal Invitational in Newton.
The younger sibling of the Van Dyk duo helped South Tama easily win the meet. The Trojans shot three of the six highest scores of the day. They scored 168 as a team to win, while Ankeny shot a 191 for second place.
"Westwood in Newton is a hard course, especially for girls," head coach Kelle Boles said. "There's lots of water, creeks and sand traps. Each player improved and I couldn't have been any prouder."
Van Dyk led all golfers by several strokes. She shot a 34 on the nine-hole tournament, which was one below par. She dropped one-under on hole No. 5 when she birdied the par 4 hole. However, two holes later, she shot a bogey and found herself back at even par. Van Dyk finished the round with a birdie on the par 4 No. 9 hole.
"Paige played a great round," Boles said. "She played her easy, care free round. She didn't get in any trouble and kept the ball straight. She had a few more birdie putts and missed, but we will take par."
The older Van Dyk sister, senior Taylor, shot the second-lowest round of the tournament. She shot a 39, which was four strokes better than the next highest. She shot one birdie during her round and it was on the par 5 No. 7 hole.
Senior Kourtne Smith tied for fifth-place with a round of 47. Two other golfers shot 43s at the meet. Fellow senior Jenn Maus was one stroke behind Smith with a 48 to round out the scoring golfers for South Tama. Tanya Halverson and Amelia Hoskey each shot rounds of 49 and 52 on Friday.
"Taylor was second with a 39 with a couple penalty points, so she was right in there, too," Boles said. "Kourtne tied for fifth. Three out of four in top five is pretty awesome. It was our best score of the year and was a lot of fun to watch as these kids are maturing and using their course management skills better."
The Trojans participated in the North Iowa Cedar League meet on Monday, but results weren't available at press time.