The Ankeny Centennial boys’ golf team finished in the middle of the pack at the Iowa City West Invitational on Monday.
The Jaguars opened their season by placing fifth among 10 teams at Blue Top Ridge Golf Course in Riverside. They posted a score of 330.
Pleasant Valley shot a 311 to capture the team title, finishing five strokes ahead of Johnston. Dubuque Wahlert carded a 327 to edge Des Moines Roosevelt (329) and Centennial for third place.
“Blue Top is one of the hardest courses we get to play this season,” said Centennial coach Rick Fee. “Holes 1 to 18 are all trying in their own way. It’s always a great test for the boys, and it’s nice to see teams from the eastern side of the state as we only see them once you get to postseason play.”
Russell Rydin fired a 79 to lead the Jaguars. He placed eighth as an individual.
“Russell had a solid round,” Fee said.
Kaleb Faas took 13th with an 82, Eric Ossian was 17th with an 83, and Brian Kolpek finished 24th with an 86. Drake Ellgren shot a 90 for the Jaguars, and Chris McAleer had a 91.
Pleasant Valley’s Jack Roemer shot a 73 to earn medalist honors. Teammate Jack Dumas was the runner-up with a 74.
“Our next event is Friday with a dual against Ames,” Fee said. “I am looking for the guys to rebound after Blue Top and play well in the friendly confines of Briarwood.”