Edgewood-Colesburg sophomore Maddy Streicher carded a career-best 81 on day two of the Class 1A Girls State Golf Tournament at American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown, May 29, to earn a fifth-place finish.
Streicher’s opening nine of 38 — including an eagle on the par-5 third hole — and a back nine of 43 followed up a first round 85 on the waterlogged American Legion track.
Persistent wet weather played a role in the tournament, as play was suspended with five holes to play in round one Tuesday, forcing a Wednesday completion of the first round in addition to the final 18 holes.
“Maddy played a great couple of rounds of golf at the state meet,” said Ed-Co coach Alex Hanna. “She had to deal with poor course conditions, tough competition and some shaky play at times. She kept grinding and posted two solid 18-hole rounds to take fifth overall.”
“Maddy’s driver was working all tournament long and it really set her up with some great shots at the green,” Hanna added. “Her iron play was solid and her approach play got her in position to score.”
Alta-Aurelia senior Annika Patton shot 78-70 for a two day total of 148 to win by six shots over CAM Anita’s Sammi Jahde, who carded identical scores of 77 to finish at 154. Courtney Olsen, of Clayton Ridge, was third at 163, Sally Gallagher, of Woodbury Central, fourth at 163, Streicher fifth at 166 and Maquoketa Valley’s Kelly Winter sixth at 169.
Algona Garrigan won the team title with a two day total of 727, while Tri-Rivers champion East Buchanan was third at 750 and Maquoketa Valley finished eighth in the ten-team field at 792.
“In every round of golf, there are ups and downs and Maddy had to deal with those as well. She kept the ball in play all 36 holes, but struggled on most of the par fives,” said Hanna. “The great thing about her is that she doesn’t get worked up and let great play or poor play affect her game.”
Streicher’s talent, work ethic and attitude should lead to big things in the future — with the potential to join older brother Ethan as an individual state champion.
“Maddy approaches every shot like it is the most important one regardless of what happened on the last shot,” said Hanna. “This quality is huge for a golfer and she will be able to use that in the next two years to keep climbing the leaderboard at state and keep improving. We are very proud of how she handled herself and represented Ed-Co down there, and can’t wait to see what she can do the next two years.”