Season ends for IMS golf teams

Gretta Rempel, Payton Hart, Lara Kliewer, Lidiya Kravchuk
Gretta Rempel, Payton Hart, Lara Kliewer, Lidiya Kravchuk

The Iowa Mennonite boys and girls golf teams finished their season on Friday and Monday nights in postseason play at New London.

The boys competed in the 1A sectional at New London (Deerwood GC) finishing 7th of the 8 teams competing shooting a 416. Winfield Mt. Union won the sectional with a 348. Also advancing to districts were New London (353) and Van Buren( 369). Individually IMS was led by Roman Slabach (95). Also competing for IMS were Trevor Leyden (99), Drake Brezina (115), Caleb Yoder (107), Palmer Thomas (137), and Adrian Gonzales (115). Caleb Hagge won the meet with a blistering 74.

Coach Steve Nelson said this. “We didn’t play our best Friday, but there are a lot of positives from this season. We are getting more competitive, our team scores have significantly lowered, and we are seeing that we can beat a lot of teams when we play well. We will return all our golfers for next year and we have a chance to have a lot of success if we put the effort in the off-season to get better.”

The girls team competed in a rain shortened SEISC super-conference meet on Monday, May 9 in Fort Madison finishing in 9th place shooting a 316. New London easily won the meet with a 176. IMS was led by Gretta Rempel (59), followed by Payton Hart (80), Lara Kliewer (86), and Lidiya Kravchuck (91).

The girls completed their season on Monday, May 16 in cool weather as rain slowly came in as they completed their last few holes. Top rated New London easily won the Regional 1st round meet on their home course (Deerwood) with a 344 followed by Winfield Mt. Union (344) who also advances to Regional Finals. IMS shot a 557 to finish in 6th place. Competing for IMS were Gretta Rempel (127), Lara Kliewer (130), Payton Hart (157), and Lidiya Kravchuk (143).

Reflecting on the season, coach Nelson said, “We had four wonderful girls that were first year golfers. It was great coaching them and seeing them improve and have the desire to get better. It is tough as a team to only have four girls competing when you can have six on varsity. We didn’t have any margin for error. Hopefully the girls will be motivated to play this summer and improve their games. I look forward to the future with them all.”