Battling standing water in sand traps, wet fairways and a muddy rough, Abbi Patterson still managed to set a new season best for 18-holes and take 19th place at the Class 2A state golf meet.
The Mid-Prairie junior finished her first round at 85-strokes and tied for eighth in the individual standings. The first day of competition was halted after 17 holes and the final hole was played on the second day.
“Abbi could not have have picked a better day to play some of her best golf,” Mid-Prairie girls golf coach Tracy McArtor said. “Tee to green she really kept the ball in play and putted exceptionally well. Especially considering how saturated the golf course is.”
Her Tuesday round consisted of eight holes at par, one double bogey and one triple. Her back nine on Tuesday was the cleanest round with Patterson making par on six of nine holes.
On Wednesday, Patterson had her only birdie of the tournament. Carding four strokes on the par-5 sixth hole.
Then after weather shortened the first day, the rain continued to fall at Ames Golf and Country Club. The area recorded two inches of rain over the two days of the tournament, making the water situation even worse on the second day. The bunkers became unplayable due to the standing water and players were able to use a preferred lie due to course conditions.
Patterson shot a 92 on the second day of competition, below her season average for 18-hole rounds.
“Even with a 92, she was still below her average, and given the scope of the event and the course conditions she did an awesome job,” McArtor said.
It was the first state meet for Patterson and the second consecutive year the Golden Hawks have sent an individual to the state meet.
“I’m so proud of what Abbi accomplished this week and how hard she worked to get ready,” McArtor said.
Dike-New Hartford’s Morgan Weber won the meet with rounds of 73 and 74, finishing three-over. New Hampton won the Class 2A team title at 86-over. They were 59 strokes ahead of runner up Okoboji. River Valley Conference member Tipton placed eighth overall in the team race.
Patterson finished the season averaging 97 strokes per 18-hole round and 49.7 strokes on nine-hole rounds. She was the lowest for Mid-Prairie in both categories.
Patterson, along with five other golfers in the Mid-Prairie varsity lineup will return next season.
Her golf season wasn't quite over yet as Patterson paired up with Mid-Prairie boys golfer Ryan Smit in the co-ed golf meet at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown on Tuesday. One other Mid-Prairie duo participated with seniors Abigail Statler and Chaz Patterson taking on the Class 1A field.
Patterson and Smit shot a 96 and Statler and Patterson shot a 115.