The Ankeny girls’ golf team turned the tables on one of its CIML Iowa Conference rivals.
Eight days ago, the Hawkettes lost to Ames by 25 strokes in the Turk Bowman Invitational at Veenker Golf Course. Veenker is the Little Cyclones’ home course.
On Tuesday, Ankeny hosted a dual meet against Ames at Otter Creek and capitalized on the home-course advantage to post a 190-194 victory. The Hawkettes improved to 3-1 in the conference.
“We played very well despite windy conditions again,” said Ankeny coach Seth Hagarty. “I knew this meet would come down to the wire, and I reminded the girls prior to playing that every single shot counts and matters and to take their time. Well, we ended up on top!”
Ankeny’s Jaci Webb carded a 1-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors for the fourth time this season. Megan Riesselman of Ames was the runner-up with a 44.
Webb’s round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5, No. 5 hole.
“Jaci had only two pars on her card,” Hagarty said. “She started with a couple of bogeys, but then bounced back quickly with a birdie on No. 3. She really got it going on No. 5 with a long eagle putt that found the bottom of the cup!”
Gabby Schnepf returned to the varsity lineup for the first time since April 22 and posted Ankeny’s second-best score. She fired a 47 that included back-to-back pars on the No. 7 and 8 holes.
“Gabby had one of her best rounds that I’ve seen her play, and I was very proud of the way she played all day!” Hagarty said.
Naomi SchraderBachar shot a 50 for the Hawkettes. Gia Blaser had a 56, Olivia Froehlich carded a 57, and Kelsey Hensen had a 65.
“I’ve always said we want to be playing our best golf in May, and here we are!” Hagarty said. “We will keep working hard on all aspects of the game and gear up for a strong finish in the regular season leading into regionals on May 24!”