Norse girls take second at R-S Invite: Rahfeldt is medalist runner-up
STORY CITY - The Roland-Story girls’ golf team turned in a strong runner-up performance in its first 18-hole meet of the season Friday at the Roland-Story Invitational.
Roland-Story shot a 364 as a team at the River Bend Golf Course. The Norse came in just six strokes behind Gilbert’s winning score of 358 in the six-team competition.
“We knew coming into this meet that it was going to be competitive and challenge the girls and it did,” Roland-Story head coach Larry Ammerman said. “We needed that!”
The meet was clearly a two-team race. Roland-Story's score of 364 was 73 strokes better than North Polk’s third-place performance.
“We’re working hard and it obviously shows,” Roland-Story's Kate Rahfeldt said. “I’m super excited for the team.”
Rahfeldt continued her fantastic senior season by shooting par in 12 rounds and adding one birdie. She shot a 77 to place second to Gilbert’s Eden Lohrbach, who carded a 75.
“My short game is amazing right now,” Rahfeldt said. “I had one bad round in my short game, but I bounced back from it pretty quickly. The short game is the best way to get rid of strokes and I think I did pretty well around the green today.”
Rahfeldt shot a 40 on the front nine and a 37 on the back.
“My back nine was definitely better than my front nine,” Rahfeldt said. “It was just kind of knowing my mistakes on the front nine and then I tried to eliminate those on the back nine.”
Rahfeldt said there is still plenty to work on between now and the postseason as she looks to make it back to state. Roland-Story will host a 2A first-round regional meet back at the River Bend course May 17.
“One think I’m definitely going to focus on is my distances,” Rahfeldt said. “I’ll hit things long, then I’ll club down and I don’t reach that distance I need to reach. Then I want to work on knockdown shots – into the wind kind of shots. I want to get that back up and going in my game again.”
Makenna Carlson placed fifth, Ellie Erickson seventh and Claire Wiseman ninth as the other Roland-Story golfers to score.
Carlson shot a 91 with rounds of 44 and 47. She scored a par on six holes.
Erickson carded rounds of 48 and 49 to finish with a 97. Wiseman scored a 99 with rounds of 53 and 46.
Gabriella Wakefield also competed for the Norse. She shot a 123 with rounds of 66 and 57.
The Roland-Story girls also competed at South Hardin April 26 at the South Hardin Recreation Area in Eldora. The Roland-Story boys golfed at the North Polk quadrangular April 27 at the Tournament Club of Iowa course in Polk City.
The Roland-Story girls shot their best nine-hole score of the season of 177 at the South Hardin triangular to win their meet by 54 strokes over South Hardin and 72 over BCLUW. Rahfeldt was the medalist with a 39, Erickson medalist runner-up with a 44 and Carlson and Ringsby tied for third with a 47.
Mersaide Frankin finished with a 49 and Wiseman a 51 at South Hardin.
The Roland-Story boys placed second at North Polk with a nine-hole round of 180. North Polk won with a 162, South Hamilton took third with a 204 and Saydel was fourth with a 210.
Sam Skaar led the Norsemen with a fifth-place score of 43. Steven Berends and Isaiah Bates placed sixth and seventh with respective scores of 44 and 45 and Calvin Carew tied for ninth with a 48 as the other Roland-Story boys to score during the meet.
Alex Berends and Dylan Gustafson also golfed varsity for the Norsemen. Berends shot a 53 and Gustafson a 56.
North Polk’s Jack Peterson was medalist with a 36. Saydel’s Luke Vitiritto was medalist runner-up with a 39.