AMES - South Tama's girls golf team won the district title for the first time since 2009 with its performance on Monday at the Ames Golf & Country Club.
It was another team that the Trojans can cross off of their list this spring. The next two being the regional meet and hopefully state.
"Everybody shot well, which is good to see," coach Kelle Boles said. "I know a couple were frustrated really early, but they worked out of it and started playing better."
The Trojans had a 360 team total to run away with first place in the Class 3A District 2B competition. Runner-up Nevada was back at 404, while Waverly-Shell Rock was third (418) and Vinton-Shellsburg fourth (420).
"It's a very tough course," Boles said. "It was 100 sand traps and lots of water. It's a course that you have to know the yardage. The girls had their sheets, because we've played there before and it worked out for them."
South Tama was led by the district medalist round of 82 by Taylor Van Dyk. The Trojan senior also was the district medalist in 2009 as a freshman. On Monday, Van Dyk shot 39 on the front nine and 43 on the back nine on the par-73 course. She had nine pars and a birdie on the day.
Sophomore Paige Van Dyk was the runner-up medalist with her 84, shooting 42 on both the front and back nines. She had seven pars and a birdie on the day. Senior Kourtne Smith gave the Trojans three of the top four individuals as she tied for fourth with a 95. "It was alright, but it could have been better," Smith said. "I went out of bounds five times. I struggled on the back nine. I'm just ready for regionals and just wish we could skip to it right now. I'd rather play than practice."
Senior Jenn Maus had a 99 for STC's fourth score. She placed 10th at the meet.
"It was very exciting," Maus said. "I was happy with how I shot. There were some ponds and sand, but I got out of trouble pretty well."
Boles was happy with all of her players, four of which finished in the top 10.
"It's pretty cool to have four in the top 10," Boles said. "You can't hardly beat that. But I know Jenn was bummed not to get a medal."
Next Monday's regional meet is in Clear Lake with Clear Lake, last year's state runner-up, and Spencer advancing out of the Humboldt district to join South Tama and Nevada. The top two teams and five individuals from the regional will advance to the state meet.
"We're working hard on some things I saw yesterday that we needed," Boles said. "We have to work on putting. This course in Clear Lake is a bit easier and it's nine holes, so we'll play it twice. It doesn't have as many sand traps and doesn't have any water."
The Trojans are anxious for Monday, despite the long drive and playing the day after four of the girls graduate from STC.
"Yeah, I'm pumped," Maus said. "It's all worth it. We are playing with a lot of confidence right now, but not too much."