Two days after playing one of the state’s toughest courses, the Ankeny girls’ golf team played a more forgiving course on Wednesday.
The Hawkettes shot a 183 in a CIML Conference triangular meet at Sugar Creek after finishing with a 447 for 18 holes on Monday at Veenker Golf Course.
“What a beautiful afternoon for some golf!” said Ankeny coach Seth Hagarty. “Although we did not beat either (of our opponents), we still shot our best score of the season! I told the girls that I was most proud of the improvement and focus that I saw out on the course today!”
Seventh-ranked Waukee Northwest shot a 158, while Waukee finished with a 169. Ankeny’s record dropped to 0-5 in the conference.
Still, Hagarty was pleased with his team’s performance.
“Several of the girls had PRs today, and I told each of them that they should be very proud of themselves and not to worry about whether or not we won!” he said. “We just played the best golf we have all season, and we are excited to see this progress and improvement continue throughout the rest of the season!”
Addison Smith and Isabella Ross each carded an 8-over-par 42 on the front nine to lead the Hawkettes. Gia Blaser shot a 46, Jori Webb had a 53, Gracie Block fired a 56, and Ava Sesker finished with a 64.
Adria Steinmetz of Waukee shot a 37 to earn medalist honors. Hannah Pettitt of Northwest was the runner-up with a 38.
Ankeny will have a week off before traveling to Willow Creek on May 3 for another conference triangular meet against No. 8 Valley and Dowling Catholic.