Weber is medalist; Lakers sweep titles
OKOBOJI - Iowa Lakes Community College's golf teams began their fall schedule by sweeping the podium at the Iowa Lakes Fall Invitational at Brooks Golf Club.
The Laker men shot 299, winning by seven over NIACC and eight over Iowa Central.
Martin County West graduate Dawson Weber was low for the Lakers, claiming medalist honors in his first college competition with a one-under par 71.
Another freshman, James Preston (Spencer) was one shot back with an even-par 72.
Also for Iowa Lakes, Trace Jacobson (South Heart, N.D.) and Joey Murphy (Stillwater) each carded a 78 and Addison Bahr (Cannon Falls) shot an 83.
"The team came out relaxed but very focused and intent on playing well and they took advantage of the beautiful playing conditions," said ILCC coach Jarvis Weber. "Dawson and James showed up and really set the tone for the day with two very good rounds of golf, especially considering this was their first college action in their careers. It was huge for this team to get the win."
Iowa Lakes also had a B team, with Tyson Kruse (Ruthven) carding a 75, Luke Sladek (Mound) 81, Nolan King (Minooka, Ill.) 82 and Calvin Hart (Cylinder) 93.
The Laker women picked up where they left off last season by carding a team score of 341, good enough for a 60-shot win over NIACC.
Erin Baum (Firestone, Colo.) was medalist with an 83, with Abby Stender (Lac qui Parle Valley) second with an 84.
Also, Kelly Winter (Maquoketa Valley) shot 85, Alexia Kemper (Adrian) 89 and Tiger Tsosie (Fruitland, N.M.) 95.
"We have three big returning sophomores this year with Abby, Alexia, and Erin, and we are going to lean on them for leadership and setting the tone this year," said Coach Weber. "That being said, we have some very talented freshmen here who want to make some noise as well, so we have a very strong group of ladies here who are very focused and very determined to build on the success we had last year. I was very happy with the way we played today but we do have some things that need to be tightened up if they want to achieve the goals we have set thus far."
ILCC heads to Mason City Thursday to compete at the NIACC Fall Invitational at Mason City Country Club.