English Valleys has strong showing in first golf meet

The golf season is underway for some Iowa high school teams with English Valleys being among them. E.V. trekked up to Brooklyn to take on BGM and Lynnville-Sully on April 5 of which the girls took first and the boys second.

    Of the 18 boys who took to the links, six per team, only five managed to come out with a score below 50. Cole Stephenson was one of those five as he ended his round with a score of 45, which tied the second-lowest score shot on the day.

    His teammates shot some low scores as well, which ultimately led the E.V. Bears to finish in second. Daniel Tapken and Charlie Axmear shot 53s while Tanner Mihal added on a 59 to give the team a score of 210. The winning score wound up being 183, but E.V. distanced themselves by 28 strokes to take second.

    Sam Kingland had a round of 66 and Sage Coffman shot a 69 to round out the Bears’ roster.

    The Lady Bears did even better as they were able to fend off both opponents and cruise to a first-place finish. Lexie Miller shot the lowest round on the team in addition to the lowest round in the girls’ field, ending up with a 51. Maleah Ackerman was right behind her with a 52, while Mallory Hester hit a 58 and Abby Garringer ended with a 59.

    English Valleys beat out the hosts by 12 strokes to start their season off on the right foot. Miller was honored with a medal for her performance on the day, while Ackerman was named runner-up medalist.

    The two squads will be back at it April 13 in an effort to makeup the postponed meet from April 3 against Iowa Valley.