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TR PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING – Marshalltown High School senior golfer Grant Greazel watches in disbelief after missing a putt during Wednesday’s Southeast Polk Invitational at Copper Creek Golf Course in Pleasant Hill. Greazel led the Bobcats with a 78-7 round over par.

PLEASANT HILL – Some days in sports, no one is on their “A” game.

On a tough course at Copper Creek Golf Club, the Southeast Polk Invite was one of those days for the Marshalltown boys’ golf team.

The Bobcats shot 325 as a team and were sixth out of 11 teams, a day after placing seventh out of 14 teams in an invitation to Cedar Falls.

Head coach Lucas Johnson said the Bobcats need to dig deep and admitted it wasn’t the team’s best two-day streak.

“It wasn’t our two best days overall,” Johnson said. “We still have work to do to avoid some of these big numbers. We just need to be a little more precise around the greens and really on our lines at the start to eliminate these mistakes. We can live with bogeys, but when we release really big numbers it’s hard to go back and you can put yourself in a tough spot. “

Marshalltown has consistently had three scores in the ’70s on 18-hole games this season, but on Wednesday only one Bobcat beat 80 on the par-72 course. One of the main reasons was the sheer number of details on the towers – Marshalltown had an 11 and a 9 in its tally scores, with Johnson pointing out that there were also a lot of double bogeys.

Grant Greazel also struggled for Marshalltown, shoving each of the last three holes on the first nine en route to a 7 on par 78 at the top of the team. 7 especially placed on a ridge – meaning any putt above the hole risked going down the ridge and leaving a long putt at the top of the hill.

The invitation also hosted long rounds, with most groups taking more than five and a half hours to complete 18 holes.

A bright spot for the Bobcats was Kevin Strand, who shot an 83 and made his score count. Ryan Schmit finished with an 80 and Colin Schmit got an 84.

Johnson said this week’s events have been a reminder of both Marshalltown’s maximum capacity and floor when none of the team’s players are at their best.

“We know what our cap is and we know what we are capable of, we have shown that throughout the season”, Johnson said. “I think these last two days is kind of an indicator of where we can be if we’re not strong and not necessarily playing our best. With the conference next week and the districts the week after, it will become imperative that we make smart choices.

Marshalltown has five days to regroup before the CIML Iowa Conference meeting on Monday at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny – another opportunity for the Bobcats to return to their prime as the playoffs begin.

Polk Ram Southeast Invitation

A Pleasant Hill

Copper Creek Golf Club, Par 71

Team Ranking – 1. Southeast Polk 294, 2. Dowling Catholic 301, 3. Ankeny Centennial 311, 4. Indianola 317, 5. West Des Moines Valley 323, 6. Marshalltown 325, 7. Ankeny 329, 8. Norwalk 329, 9 Urbandale 351, 10. Ottumwa 353, 11. Fort Dodge 383.

Individual (top 10) – 1. Calvin McNeeley, SEP, 67; 2. Jack Winkel, AC, 68; 3. Jack Wahman, SEP, 72; 4. Cale Leonard, OTT, 72; 5. Luke McFarling, DC, 73; 6. Jackson Yurgae, DC, 73; 7. Ryan Jermier, NOR, 75; 8. Cooper Hanson, SEP, 76; 9. John Cahalan, DC, 76; 10. Jackson Overton, IND, 76.

MARSHALLTOWN (325) – Grant Greazel 78, Ryan Schmit 80, Kevin Strand 83, Colin Schmit 84, Drake Polley 85, Jacob Thiessen 97.

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