Fifth-ranked Panorama boys turn on cruise control as sectionals near

By Brandon Hurley

Sports Editor

Led by one of the state’s lowest scoring quartets, the fifth-ranked Panorama boys’ golf team continues its weekly assault on the record books. 

The Panthers have picked up four straight victories after their first loss of the year and now sit at 19-1 overall after their latest thrashing. 

Powered by Kolby Shackelford’s medalist round and Wyatt Appleseth’s runner-up honors Thursday, April 25 in Panora, PHS stomped Ballard in an 18-hole dual meet last week, evading the Bombers by 47 strokes (345-402). 

Shackelford, Class 2A’s fifth-ranked golfer, carded a 77 to lead all athletes while Appleseth turned in an 83 to earn a silver medal. 

The Panthers picked up a pair of convincing victories at a triangular Tuesday, April 23 in Pleasantville, as PHS evaded Van Meter (162) and Pleasantville (163) by firing a low team score of 155. 

Shackelford once again secured medalist honors, turning in a magnificent one-under par, 34. Trey Cobb tied for third with a 37 while Dylan Douglass and Lucas Liferman each tied for eight with matching 42s. All six of the Panthers in action fired rounds under 50, as Appleseth turned in a 45 while Evan Taylor, making his varsity debut, carded a 47, proving yet again how deep this Panorama team can be. 

“I was extremely pleased with the play of Trey Cobb, and Dylan Douglass today as both had  been struggling with certain aspects of their short game,” PHS head coach David Van Ahn said. “Also, I want to mention Evan Taylor, a sophomore playing in his first varsity meet, replacing Ryan Klinge who was ill.”

The Panthers boast a team adjusted average of 173.3, just a hair behind fourth-ranked West Branch (170.3). Des Moines Christian entered Wednesday’s WCAC meet as the heavy favorite, as the top-ranked Lions boast an adjusted average of 163.8, led by fourth-ranked Matt Wynee (40.13). 

Shackelford boasts a nine-hole adjusted average of 40.17, just a hair behind Wynee. 

Des Moines Christian also has two other golfers inside the top 20 - Tommy Weissenburger (18) and Dylan Countryman (19) while Panorama has no other golfer inside the top 27.

Defending Class 2A champion Kuemper Catholic is rated second with an adjusted average of 165.7 while Williamsburg comes in at No. 3 with a team score of 166.9. 

Results from Wednesday’s conference meet at Lake Panorama National Golf Course were not available at press time. Make sure to pick up next week’s Times Vedette for a full length write up complete with pictures.