GIRLS’ GOLF

The Panorama girls’ golf team stumbled to a seventh place finish at Monday’s West Central Activities Conference meet despite a spirited effort from Abby Cobb.

The Panthers fired a team score of 473, well behind sixth-ranked Van Meter’s championship clinching tally of 367.

Cobb’s 18-hole round of 104 placed her ninth overall, earning second team all conference honors.

West Central Valley came in fifth overall thanks to a score of 456, narrowly edging Woodward-Granger (458) in Pleasantville.

AC/GC did not field a team score due to injuries and illness.

Ogden finished runner-up (426) while Des Moines Christian (438) and Pleasantville (443) rounded out the top four.

Alexandra Kurtz just missed a spot on the all conference team, carding a 113 to finish in 16th while West Central Valley’s Jaicee Wathne carded a 109 to finish in a tie for 12th, but the tie-breaker bumped her back to 14th place.

AC/GC’s Kena Baier, battling an injury and discomfort of her own, turned in 114 to finish 17th overall. WCV’s Hunter Godwin came in 20th with a score of 115.

One other Guthrie County prep cracked the top 30, as WCV’s Lindsey Golwitzer finished 27th with a score of 119.

Van Meter’s Kylie Carey ran away with the individual conference title, firing a 77 while fellow teammate London WIlle (83) and Des Moines Christian’s Cece Sturdivant (87) rounded out the top three. Van Meter used the power of three top five finishes to capture the championship, as Van Meter’s Shae Bernhardt was fourth (88) while Ogden’s Shaylie Johannsen finished fifth with a score of 94.

Panorama’s top tier put forth a satisfying performance, but head coach Melissa Hochstetier was a little disappointed with the back end. Despite that, she was satisfied her team’s resiliency, bouncing back from a poor start amid sunny, but windy conditions.

“Our girls struggled a bit today, but congratulations to Abby Cobb for coming in second team All Conference,” the coach said. “The round started pretty rough but the girls seemed to bounce back on the back nine. We are encouraged by their hard work and willingness to go out and play even when it is super wet outside.”

AC/GC was without Jessica Stringer and Anna Kingenberg, leaving the Chargers with only three players. Even one of those athletes was battling unfit conditions as well, as an abscessed tooth caused her 18-hole score to take a hit.

“Kena Baier admirably golfed with an abscessed tooth but just couldn’t find her rhythm.  She completed her round in 17th place in the conference,” AC/GC head coach Lori McGivney said.  “Morgan (Lemke) and Alyssa (Byers) had some very good shots throughout the day and are off to great starts in their golf careers.  They all play better when we are shooting for the team.”