Roland-Story places second at 2A girls’ state golf meet: Rahfeldt is medalist runner-up

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Kate Rahfeldt, seen her chipping a shot onto the 18th green during Tuesday's opening day of competition, was medalist runner-up to help Roland-Story finish second as a team during the Class 2A girls' state golf meet Tuesday and Wednesday at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown.

Larry Ammerman couldn't have been happier with the way things turned out at the Class 2A girls' state golf meet at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown. 

Roland-Story was tied for second place with New Hampton after the opening round June 1. Roland-Story had won the Heart of Iowa Conference and both of its regional meets and now just needed a top-five finish at state to accomplish all of their team goals. 

The Norse did that and more, finishing in sole possession of second place at the conclusion of competition on June 2. 

"On the drive to Marshalltown Wednesday, I reflected on our season and how hard these girls have worked to put themselves in this position," Ammerman said. "I'm very proud of this team and their runner-up finish at state." 

The Norse shot a 701 over 36 holes to finish just 10 strokes behind Van Meter's winning score of 691. 

The Roland-Story girls' golf team and coaches pose with their medals and runner-up team trophy after placing second at the 2A girls' state golf meet Wednesday at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown. Kate Rahfeldt (front center) was medalist runner-up individually for the Norse.

"The team placing second is amazing," Roland-Story senior Kate Rahfeldt said. "On Day 1 we ended three strokes better than our lowest team score and then today we went out and shaved another 10 strokes off of that! That shows how hard we have worked and prepared to be in this moment." 

Roland-Story shot a 356 on the first day and 345 on the second. They ended up 16 strokes better than New Hampton on Wednesday to easily outdistance everyone but Van Meter. 

"The girls stepped up to the challenge today and left everything on the course," Ammerman said. "I'm very proud of them." 

Rahfeldt just missed out on individual medalist for Roland-Story. 

After shooting a 79 on Tuesday Rahfeldt shaved two strokes off that score Wednesday to finish with a 156. She went from a tie for fifth to outright medalist runner-up, coming in just one stroke behind the winning individual score of 155 by Van Meter's Kylie Carey. 

"Honestly, my ultimate goal was to win state as an individual, but placing second at state is a great honor, Rahfeldt said. "Comparing my freshman year scores to my senior year scores, you can see a huge difference and how hard I’ve worked to get to where I am." 

As a freshman Rahfeldt placed 26th at state with a 191. She moved up to ninth place as a sophomore with a 167 then after the COVID-19 pandemic took away her junior year she improved 11 more strokes as a senior. 

Rahfeldt shot par on nine holes and had one birdie during Tuesday's competition. She birdied three holes and parred seven Wednesday. 

"I think I played some great golf today," Rahfeldt said. "I started with double-bogey on hole 1 but then birdied three of the next four holes. I finished the front nine with a two-over par, 37. On the back I was hitting greens in regulation but struggled with my lag putting. I played some of my best golf the last few days and put up some pretty good scores." 

Makenna Carlson also earned a medal for the Norse by tying for 10th with a 172.  

Roland-Story's Makenna Carlson tied for 10th-place individually as part of a second-place team effort by the Norse at the 2A girls' state golf meet held at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown last Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I came into this excited,” Carlson said. “I think that’s what helped me perform well. When you’re excited about something, you’re not hesitant to go after it.”   

She met her goal of shooting under 90 each round with an 87 on Tuesday and 85 Wednesday. 

“I had a goal to break 90 and I broke that,” Carlson said. “It’s just really cool to be able to golf here with all of these amazing golfers.”   

Ellie Erickson finished 16th with a 177 after scoring rounds of 92 and 85. Claire Wiseman shot a season-best 98 each day to finish with a 196 as the other golfer to score for Roland-Story. 

Roland-Story's Ellie Erickson chips a shot onto the 18th hole green during the first day of Class 2A girls' state golf competition Tuesday at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown. Erickson placed 16th individually over the 36-hole, two-day competition to help the Norse take second as a team.

Ally Ringsby shaved nine strokes off her Tuesday score on Wednesday to score a 209 and Mersadie Franklin scored a 217 with rounds of 109 and 108. 

"I told them at the beginning of the season that if we worked hard, we could be a top team in the state and we were," Rahfeldt said. "While I’m sad the season is over, I’m excited to start this next chapter of my life at Grand View University.  I feel I have left our program in a great spot and am so excited to follow their accomplishments after I’m gone." 

Final 2A team scores: 1. Van Meter 691, 2. Roland-Story 701, 3. New Hampton 717, 4. Williamsburg 737, 5. Unity Christian 766, 6. West Lyon 783, 7. Dike-New Hartford 791, 8. Denver 817, 9. Treynor 823, 10. Anamosa 833. 

Roland-Story (701) — Kate Rahfeldt 79-77-156, Makenna Carlson 87-85-172, Ellie Erickson 92-85-177, Claire Wiseman 98-98-196, Ally Ringsby 109-100-209, Mersadie Franklin 109-108-217.