After qualifying for district golf when he tallied an 82 at Winterset’s Lakeview Country Club on Friday, May 11, Clarke junior boys golfer Conner Deutsh left his best round of golf to be played later.
Deutsch then tied a personal best score of 78 at Atlantic Golf & Country Club on Friday, May 18.
The two best scores for individuals on non-qualifying teams at Atlantic were a 74 and a 77, leaving Deutsch one stroke off of qualification for the Class 3A state tournament.
“He’s looking forward to making it next year, and I don’t doubt he will,” coach Steve McWilliams said.
It was the second consecutive year Deutsch had qualified for districts.
Even with the successful finish, ending up short of state left Deutsch wanting more.
“For a tough course like that I felt it was a really good score,” Deutsch said about Atlantic Golf & Country Club. “I definitely feel like I could’ve shot lower because on some of my putts downhill I hit it a little to hard and it just rolled so I would end up three-putting.”
Deutsch knows his drives off the tee could have been more consistent, but felt his approaches and short game were working well enough to keep him near the top of the pack.
“My drives were a little shaky. I felt like I was under every single tree out there after my tee shot,” Deutsch said. “But I was close enough to the green that I would have a really nice punch out shot and it’d allow me to two-putt to a par or chip it on to get up and down.”
The competition of the Atlantic district meet brought out some of the best in the junior golfer, who has led the Indians in scoring all season.
“I knew coming in that it was a tough district. Not many teams shoot 308 or 310 in a high school meet, Deutsch said, making note of the strong team scores for several of the squads in attendance. “I was just going in with a positive mindset telling myself to play my own game and not worry about any other players. Being one stroke away definitely puts a chip on my shoulder for next year it’ll be my motivator all season next year.”
Carter Wilken and Carter Smith ended their high school careers with scores of 98 and 103, respectively, while Taylor Henry shot a 90 to finish his season. All three of their seasons came to an end at Winterset.
The Clarke girls team saw its season come to an end at the regional meet at Adel’s River Valley Golf Course Monday, May 21.
Sadie Marker finished with the best score for the Lady Indians as she shot a 102. Sister Sidney Marker finished her career with a 117. Other scores for Clarke came from Elayna Irving (120), Mady Hill (124), Kenna DeVore (137) and Erin Silzer (144).
CENTERVILLE — Sadie Marker shot a 90 to finish in fifth place individually at the girls South Central Conference meet on Monday, May 7.
The Clarke girls finished fifth among the six SCC teams to register a team score of 436 strokes. Contributing to Clarke’s team scores other than Sadie Marker were Mady Hill (113), Sidney Marker (115) and Erin Silzer (118).
The Clarke boys took fourth as a team on Tuesday, May 8 at the SCC meet with 366 strokes. Deutsch and Carter Wilken both shot dualing 80’s to lead the Indians and tie for eighth. Deutsch earned all-conference honors.
Henry registered a score of 100 and Carter Smith shot a 106 to factor into the team score. Taven Floyd (111) and Colby Wilken (114) also completed rounds for Clarke at the conference meet.