Busy week for Norse girls’ golf team

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

The Roland-Story girls’ golf team weathered through two weather extremes last Monday (April 18) at Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona. Playing in their first 18-hole tournament this season, the Norsemen played in beautiful weather for the first nine holes, but then played in rain off and on for the second nine. Despite the elements, however, some of the girls recorded their best rounds of the season.

The Norse finished fourth in the seven-team tourney, scoring a 459. PCM won the tournament with a 404. Dallas Center-Grimes was runner up at 430, followed by Panorama (453), R-S (459), Bondurant-Farrar (469), CMB (524) and Iowa Falls-Alden (764).

Susie and Sydney Weaver paced the Norsemen with a 105 (54-51) and 107 (58-59), respectively; good for 6th and 7th place in the individual standings. Alayna Ringsby came in with a 119 (56-63), followed by Allisyn Coghlan at 128 (64-64), Calli Tystahl had a 136 (62-74) and Brooke Ehrenberg finished with a 145 (72-73). Breanna Maher of PCM was the tourney medalist with an 80 (40-40).

On Thursday (April 21), the R-S girls hosted their first home meet of the season at River Bend Golf Course in Story City. The weather was ideal, with temperatures in the 70s and very little wind. A total of 36 golfers took to the local links, including 16 of Roland-Story’s golfers. Teams competing were North Polk and South Hamilton, alongside the Norse.

The Norsemen girls won the meet, edging South Hamilton 219-225. North Polk was a distant third with a 257. Susie and Sydney Weaver again led the locals with rounds of 53. Sydney Mathis carded a 54, followed by Jaeda Pitman’s 59, Calli Tystahl at 62 and Alayna Ringsby shot a 63. North Polk’s Rachel Scott was medalist with a 48.

“Our scores have continued to drop each meet out,” said Coach Larry Ammerman. “We are young and gaining experience, but we need to continue to drop these scores some more to be competitive in some of our meets coming up.”

Freshmen twin sisters Sydney and Susie Weaver and sophomore Sydney Mathis have been the team leaders thus far this season. After that, four or five other girls are battling it out for that fourth varsity spot, including three other freshmen Alayna Ringsby, Allisyn Coghlan and Tori Fournier, senior Jaeda Pitman and junior Calli Tystahl.

“Scoring a 219 Thursday and winning the meet shows that the girls are working hard,” added Ammerman. “We just need more reps and meets.”

Other Norse scores were turned in by Tori Fournier (65), Brooke Ehrenberg (67), Jenna Clark (67), Hannah Thiel (71), Lauren Hansen (73), Hanna Henderson (75), Megan Sansgaard (75), Josie Manzer (76), Shelby Hennager (76) and Grace Teig (93).

The R-S girls closed out a busy week with a trip to Colo’s Twin Anchors and a meet with CMB. It was another perfect night for golf and the Norsemen managed to shoot their best scores of the season.

Jaeda Pitman earned medalist honors with a 45, which was a personal best as well as a 14 stroke improvement from her previous best round (59) of the season. Sydney Weaver edged her sister Susie Weaver with a 50 over Susie’s 51. Rounding out the varsity scoring for R-S was Allisyn Coghlan who carded a 52, Sydney Mathis posted a 53 and Alayna Ringsby came in with a 56. Brynne Pritchard led CMB with a 49 to claim runner up medalist honors.

Norse defeated their CMB hosts 198-220.

The Raiders didn’t have enough golfers to sport a J.V. team, but the Norsemen brought enough of their lineup to enable some of the other R-S girls a chance to play a round. Josie Manzer shot her personal best by recording a 57. Tori Fournier had a 60 and both Brooke Ehrenberg and Hanna Henderson shot 65s. Jenna Clark posted a round of 66 and Lauren Hansen carded a 67.