The Ottumwa Courier


May 27, 2013

Ottumwa linksters eye state tournament


Meanwhile, Patritto has her own laundry list of accomplishments, including finishing atop the leaderboard at the Linda Bloom Invitational in Marshalltown with a score of 81, and taking first at a golf tournament in Des Moines at the Grandview Golf Course that featured the other golf teams in the CIML Conference, where she carded a 37. Patritto also posted an 84 at the conference meet in Des Moines, which ended up being good enough to earn her runner up status, while also claiming runner-up honors at the Oskalossa Invitational, where she carded an 81.

Other than the Bulldogs top two performers, the rest of Ottumwa's roster is filled by Abbie Budan, Hannah Lien, Callie Lawson, Shea Collett and Bailey Palmer. Budan has shown she has the capacity to post solid scores -- she shot the second best score against Indianola, finishing just three strokes behind Dostal with 44 strokes.

Collectively, the Bulldogs have amassed a wealth of achievements this season. Some highlights thus far include winning the Osky Invitational, the Bloom Invitational in Marshalltown, where they prevailed over venerable golf programs like Grundy Center and Grinnell; and the CIML Conference Meet. Other less spectacular, but still impressive accomplishments by the Bulldogs include dual victories over Fairfield and Indianola, a second place finish at the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Invitational, and a pair of third place finishes at the the Waukee and Johnston Invitationals.

"We're pretty excited right now," Mishler Monday. "We're going to play a quick round and try to be as physically and mentally prepared as possible for tomorrow. We're just going to approach this the same way we have approached every meet."

Since the state tourney is 36 holes long, Mishler said her players must resist the urge to get down on themselves after one bad hole.

"There is a lot of golf to be played," the coach said.

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