By SCOTT JACKSON
Courier sports writer
---- — OTTUMWA — The sunny skies the Ottumwa boys teed off under on Thursday didn’t stick around long.
Fortunately for head coach Scott Maas, they stuck around just long enough.
Dark, threatening skies and equally threatening conditions blew into southern Iowa and blew across Cedar Creek Golf Course early Thursday evening, turning a breezy but beautiful day for CIML Metro golf into a late scramble for the linksters still out on the course. Those left with scores unfinished on the day, however, were only Ottumwa junior varsity golfers.
Before the winds really picked up, lightning started showing up and rain started to fall, the Ottumwa boys golf team added yet another CIML Metro dual win to a busy week of action. The Bulldogs outscored visiting Des Moines North 150-200 as OHS took advantage of a rare home dual and, for as long as they could anyway.
“It would have been a hard time trying to reschedule this one,” Maas said after watching his OHS boys beat a third Metro foe this week after taking wins over Des Moines East and Hoover in a triangular on Tuesday. “We get real busy starting with a really good tournament at Marshalltown (today). We play again on Monday in Burlington and Tuesday at Southeast Polk. That’s three days in a row that we’re playing and all against really good competition.”
“It was nice to play North in a dual and play on our home course. We got a lot of parents out here to follow the boys around.”
For the second time in a row, the Bulldogs made sure that almost the entire roster got out onto the course during the conference competition. Unlike Tuesday, which saw Ottumwa hit the road to face two Metro foes, several of the regular Bulldog regular starters were back in the lineup to compete in the first meet of the season for OHS at Cedar Creek.
Matthew Walker made the most of his return to competition. Playing in a competitive round at Cedar Creek for the first time since winning the Greater City Championship title in August, Walker fired a nine-hole two-under 34 to earn the medalist honor by three shots over North’s Colby Chup.
“The varsity guys all wanted to play because it was at home,” Maas said. “It was a chance for them to play in front of friends and family for one of the few times and it was a chance to play on a course they’re familiar with.”
In fact, that familiarity helped Ottumwa golfers finish the rain-shortened day with several of the day’s top scores. All told, 12 of the top 13 scores posted in the dual were posted by OHS golfers with more Bulldog JV golfers unable to finish due to weather.
“It was nice when we get to play a lot of guys at home because we got all the junior varsity guys out there too,” Maas said. “It was going along nicely until the rain cut loose.”
The Bulldogs will look to continue building off of what’s been a very good and very busy week of action having already played in the Ames Invitational on Monday and the Metro duals Tuesday and Thursday. OHS will wrap up the week at Elmwood Country Club in the Marshalltown Invite before next week, which will lead feature more tournaments against more top-notch competition including a return home next Thursday for another Metro dual meet against Des Moines Roosevelt that the Bulldogs have had marked on the calendar for a solid year.
“They have a very, very good team that beat us last year up at Waveland,” Maas said. “We thought we had a pretty good team ourselves last year when they beat us, so we’re looking forward to playing them at the (Ottumwa) Country Club next Thursday.”
“It wasn’t easy to play pretty good golf like we did with the wind blowing, but the guys did play well. We’re at that point of the year where we just want to get better week by week so we can peak at the right time, which is a few weeks from now at the district tournament.”
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CIML METRO CONFERENCE BOYS GOLF DUAL
At Cedar Creek Golf Course, Ottumwa
Team scoring — 1. Ottumwa 150; 2. Des Moines North 200.
Medalist — Matthew Walker (Ottumwa) 34.
Runner-up — Colby Chup (Des Moines North) 37.
Ottumwa individuals — Walker 34, Hoyt Grooms 38, Braxton Coble 38, Dillon Patritto 40, Gavin Dostal 42, Trey Thomas 44.
Des Moines North individuals — Chup 37, Brent Warren 54, Brennan Whisler 54, Micheal Sunga 55, Ian Penman 65.
Ottumwa JV individuals — Jacob Bjerke 41, Wyatt Crosby 41, Aaron Roane 44, Zack Ray 45, Justin Budan 46, Jack Hardie 49, Shane Wolfley 56.