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Nevada claims HOIC title in girls’ golf

Christine Ausman earned Heart of Iowa Conference medalist honors for the second year in a row May 7 during the conference meet at the Cedar Pointe Golf Course in Boone. Ausman’s effort helped the Cubs win the HOIC team championship. PHOTO BY NIRMALENDU MAJUMDAR
Christine Ausman earned Heart of Iowa Conference medalist honors for the second year in a row May 7 during the conference meet at the Cedar Pointe Golf Course in Boone. Ausman’s effort helped the Cubs win the HOIC team championship. PHOTO BY NIRMALENDU MAJUMDAR
Claire Ausman is one of five Cubs to receive all-HOIC honors after placing third at the conference meet. (PHOTO BY NIRMALENDU MAJUMDAR)
Claire Ausman is one of five Cubs to receive all-HOIC honors after placing third at the conference meet. (PHOTO BY NIRMALENDU MAJUMDAR)

AMES – The Nevada girls’ golf team easily won a triangular meet with Gilbert and North Polk Monday at the Ames Golf and Country Club.

The Cubs shot a 186 over nine holes as a team to beat North Polk by 22 strokes for the victory. Gilbert had a score of 254.

Maddie Beauchene was the individual medalist for Nevada after shooting a 44. Christine Ausman took medalist runner-up with a 45.

Claire Ausman and Megan Pringnitz were close behind as the other counted scores for Nevada. Claire shot a 47 and Pringnitz finished with a 50.

Katie Heiden and Alexis Houseman also competed for Nevada and they both shot a 53.

Nevada next competes in the Class 3A regional first round. The meet will take place next Monday at the Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada and the tee time is set for 9:30 a.m.

Final team scores (nine holes): 1. Nevada 186, 2. North Polk 208, 3. Gilbert 254.

Nevada (186) – Christine Ausman 45, Maddie Beauchene 44, Claire Ausman 47, Megan Pringnitz 50, Katie Heiden 53, Alexis Houseman 53.

BOONE – There was no settling for second place for Nevada at the 2014 Heart of Iowa Conference meet May 7 at the Cedar Pointe Golf Course in Boone.

The Cubs were runner-up to Prairie City-Monroe at last year’s conference meet. But this year Nevada showed it has made much progress by finishing 48 strokes ahead of its nearest competitor in an impressive performance.

“I’m very proud of the progress the girls have made as a team this year and the progress we’ve made as a program the past few years,” Nevada head girls’ golf coach Mike Lawler said. “In an 18-hole event like conference, you can expect to have a few rough patches and we certainly found those. But what makes me so proud of this team is that the girls do not give up or get down. They continue to put forth their best effort and keep their focus. Earning a conference title and having five girls make all-conference is a result of that focus and drive.”

Christine Ausman rebounded from a sluggish start to earn HOIC medalist honors for the second year in a row. Ausman shot an 86 to defeat Gilbert’s Jacee Lenz by six strokes for the individual title.

“I think Christine’s worst four-hole stretch of the season might have been her first four holes of the conference tournament,” Lawler said. “Conference medalist is something she’s been working toward and expecting of herself. With the way she fought back, I think she definitely earned it.”

Claire Ausman, Chloe Davis and Maddie Beauchene finished third, fourth and sixth respectively as the other golfers with counted scored for Nevada.

Claire finished three strokes in back of Lenz with a 95 and Davis was right behind with a 96. Beauchene shot a 98.

Megan Pringnitz didn’t quite make the scoring cut, but she did earn all-HOIC honors for Nevada after placing eighth individually with a score of 100. Katie Heiden shot a 110 to round out the scoring for Nevada.

Final team scores (18 holes): 1. Nevada 375, 2. Roland-Story 423, 3. North Polk 441, 4. PCM 447, 5. South Hamilton 458, 6. Gilbert 494, 8. Greene County 581.

Nevada (375) – Christine Ausman 86, Maddie Beauchene 98, Claire Ausman 95, Megan Pringnitz 100, Katie Heiden 110, Chloe Davis 96.

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