CEDAR FALLS — Hole No. 14 gave Cedar Falls senior golfer Kenzie Roberts nightmares at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course, and could have easily made it difficult for her to sleep Monday night.
Roberts returned to the club house, after righting her game, and carded a 77, a good score considering her double bogey on 14 and winds that taunted the golfers at the Mississippi Valley Girl’s Divisional Meet Monday.
Roberts will sleep easy.
Shooting a 77 seemed to be the thing to do, as three other golfers notched the tally for the best score of the day, including Roberts’ teammates Hannah Bermel and Taylor Sernett. The trio of scores helped the Tigers win the meet by a landslide with a score of 314.
Dubuque Senior lost ground with a 347 and now trails the Tigers by 37 strokes heading into final round action next Monday at Ellis Golf Course in Cedar Rapids. The Rams trailed by just four strokes entering Monday.
“Our scores were really not that surprising to me,” Roberts said. “It was a little windy, but we were on our home course and we have always shot close scores together. This team never really relaxes and we are always pressing hard to do our best each time we are out.”
Roberts may have pressed a little too hard on 14, as she hit a drive to the left on a hole that tilts right. With trees blocking her view of the green, she took a few extra shots to get lined up, then went into the sand trap.
“That hole was really rough,” said Roberts. “I knew it was going left, and then I pushed my shots to the sand and ended up doubling that hole. I was sure glad to get out of there.”
While Roberts was finding her shot, Sernett was rolling with her game and was very excited with her 77.
“It was a little hard out there in the wind, but I felt I was hitting the ball well,” said Sernett. “I ended up with the best round of golf I have ever played. Usually I am a few shots back of the rest of the team, but when I went in and saw that Taylor and Hannah both had a 77, that was really something.”
Megan Sawyer shot a 91, and Clare Rolinger capped the scoring with a 95. The Tigers were the only squad that kept all six participants under 100 strokes.
“I kind of knew we were going to have a good day out here today,” Tigers coach Megan Youngkent said. “It is always windy out here at Pheasant and this is our back yard.”
Youngkent expects the strong performance to continue next week.
“We go down to Cedar Rapids for the conference title next week and these girls will accept the challenge even with a lead,” she said. “Senior gave us our only loss and that might have been a blessing for us.”
Counting her blessings after a rough start was Bermel, who chipped her way through the first couple holes to eventually tie for top honors of the day.
“I thought we had some good scores today but mine could have been better,” she said. “Those first two holes, I just did not get a good start on and they just played longer today. I got through the third hole and started playing better and then to finish and see the same score by my teammates made me extremely happy.
“Now we have to concentrate on next week and just go out and play like we always do.”
For Sernett, closing out the tournament will be an exciting adventure as she heads into strange territory.
“I have never played this course before,” Sernett said of Ellis. “I just need to relax and play my game and know that I have great players on my team that are right next to me.”
TEAM STANDINGS—1. Cedar Falls 314, 2. Dubuque Senior 347, 3. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 370, 4. Cedar Rapids Prairie 388, 5. Cedar Rapids Washington 394, 6. Dubuque Hempstead 407, 7. Iowa City High 422.
TOP TEN INDIVIDUALS—1 (tie). Hannah Bermel (CF), Kenzie Roberts (CF), Taylor Sernett (CF), Maddie Hawkins (DS) 77, 5. Abby Marting (DS) 79, 6 (tie). Hailey Bermel (CF), Katie Choate (CRK) 83, 8. Sara Swift (DS) 90, 9. Megan Sawyer (CF) 91, 10. Ana Vilanova (CRK) 93.
TOURNAMENT STANDINGS—1. Cedar Falls 666, 2. Senior 703, 3 (tie). Prairie, Kennedy 770, 5. Washington 804, 6. City High 854, 7. Hempstead 865.