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MARSHALLTOWN — It’s been an eventful year for New London athletics, full of hardware.
Friday afternoon at American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown, the New London girls golf team added some more to the list.
A program that knows what it takes to win, that’s what the Tigers golf program brings to the table. Once again, New London showed their one of the top teams in Class 1A.
The Tiger girls capped off their season with a fourth-place finish at the Class 1A state meet. Taylor Phillips paced the Tigers, grabbed herself some personal hardware in the process.
“I love coming here with my team, like we did last year” Phillips said. “It’s been really fun with them.”
Bishop Garrigan won the state title with a score of 713. Grundy Center (739) and Central Lyon (757) finished second and third.
New London took fourth with 768 total points, edging out fifth-place Newell-Fonda (769) by one stroke.
“Honestly, I didn’t even think we would make it here at the beginning of the season,” sophomore Sophie Malott said. “We barley had any meets because of terrible weather, but we pulled through and made it.”
Akron Westfield (790), Sigourney (796), West Branch (809), BCLUW (821) and St. Albert (835) followed.
Phillips ends her sophomore season with a final score of 166, tying for 3rd in the class with Grundy Center’s Abbie Lindeman. Phillips carded an 82 on day one Thursday and finished off day two with an 84.
Lynnville-Sully’s lone golfer Greenlee Smock was the state title medalist for the second year in a row with a score of 154. Sigourney’s Madelynn Hornback was runner-up with a 163.
The battle between second, third and fourth was a tight one.
Phillips, for most of the day found herself in second, but more often than not, one to two strokes separated second, third and fourth.
Every shot was a crucial one.
“I’v been working on my swing with my dad,” Phillips said. “I was working on my chipping and putting. He fixed my chipping, but my putting just wasn’t the greatest today.”
The Tiger’s Sophie Malott shot a 190, good enough to tie for 22nd. Emma Nye tied for 39th with a total of 204. Lone senior Tiger Saige Barron ends her high school golf career with a 204 and a 46th place finish.
“I really do love this team,” Barron said. “We have such a great bond. This year was just really special for me.”
Freshmen Emma Busby and Stevey Wintermeyer rounded out the Tigers tournament with scores of 241 and 261.
“We were hoping to get a little higher than fourth but we had so much fun together,” Nye said. “It was a fun trip.”