Any ball hit toward the south was an absolute nightmare on Saturday.
With wind gusts topping nearly 45 mph making a hot, dry day even more dry, all of the holes that faced to the south at the Kuemper tournament were met with a sigh and a drink of water.
The winds and high temps made the scores soar at the already-challenging Carroll Country Club. Despite the gusty conditions and high temperatures, Carroll’s girls golf team was able to finish the tournament with a total of 388 strokes. They bested every one of the 11 other schools. Atlantic was their closest competition. The Trojans finished with 417 strokes.
Kuemper placed 10th with a score of 492.
On top of winning the tournament, the Carroll girls golf team was able to card three of the top-five individual scores.
Laura Sweeney took the top overall honors with the only score on Saturday under a 90 in the entire tournament. Sweeney needed 87 strokes to finish her round.
In third, Grace Pettitt, another senior golfer for the Tigers, was able to card a round of 94.
Abby Danner, another senior Carroll golfer, finished with a 101.
Rounding out the Carroll group of scores was Erin Winker, who finished with 106 strokes in the meet.
The Tigers also featured scores from Ashlee Danner, who shot a 116, and Delaney Schurke, who had 122 strokes. Neither of those scores were counted in the final score total.
Kuemper finished 10th overall in the meet with 492 strokes. The Knights were led by Kenna Soppe, who finished with a 108.
Abby Nees was able to card a 123 score on the 18-hole course.
Kara Daniel was able to fight the wind on her way to an overall score of 130. Grace Tigges finished her round with a total score of 131.
Carroll returns to action this evening when the Tigers travel to the Atlantic Golf and Country Club for another tournament. Later this week they will host Carlisle at the Breda Golf Club.
Kuemper Catholic finished fifth at last week’s CYO tournament held Wednesday in Fort Dodge.
The Knights were able to finish with 469 total strokes for their team. Bishop Garrigan won the meet with 346 total strokes.
In that tournament, Soppe was able to finish with a team-leading 107 strokes. She finished with 50 strokes on the front nine and 57 strokes on the back nine.
Abby Nees carded a round of 109 with a 49 front nine score and a 60 on the back nine.
Grace Tigges was able to finish with a score of 125 in the 18-hole round. She had a 64 on the front nine and a 61 on the back nine.
Rounding out the Kuemper scores was Kara Daniel with a 128. Daniel shot a 60 on the front nine and a 68 on the back nine.