Casey Noble is state champion

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


MARSHALLTOWN ? Day two of the 2018 Class 1A girls? golf tournament ended with quite a bit of controversy about final score tallies, but one thing was made crystal clear: New London senior Casey Noble is the best player in the class.

Noble shot a 76 on day two, which included two birdies on the back nine, and walked out the Class 1A champion by six strokes. Noble finished the tournament at 153, which bested the field.

?Yesterday I was a little more nervous,? Noble said after the awards ceremony. ?Today, I kind of knew a little bit where I stood, but it was still very nerve-racking. I had two doubles that kind of put me down a little bit, but I came back and my spirits got lifted up a little bit.?

Noble?s win marked her third top-three finish in the last three years. She finished third in 2016, a year when New London won the team championship, and placed second in 2017.

?It feels really good,? Noble said. ?Those other years were good too. They felt pretty awesome, but this is just a new level.?

The team score was neck-and-neck all day long between the Tigers and second-place Iowa Valley, which came in to Wednesday trailng New London by two strokes.

Before the final scores were tallied, however, there was controversy. A four-stroke penalty was called on New London scorer Summer Malott, who allegedly had dropped her club twice in the bunker on hole 18. The penalty was accessed and Malott signed her score card, but there was contestation over whether the penalty was called too late and whether it was a legitimate call in the first place, as there were varying recollections of the event from all players involved.

To muddy the waters even more, the penalty was called by Iowa Valley, who finished the tournament exactly tied with New london at 740 after the four-stroke penalty was put on the books. This made Iowa Valley the Class 1A champion due to having the best fifth score on day two.

A lenghty delay occurred, which involved questioning of coaches and players about what exactly occured. After over an hour of arguing, the IGHSAU made the call that the penalty would hold up and the final score would remain tied, giving Iowa Valley the title.

?The other three playing competitors were uncertain,? said Ross DeBuhr, a rules official on the scene. ?They saw it occur but they were uncertain what the penalty would be.?

Accoring to DeBuhr, the players had to seek out what the penalty should be, which is why it was found out and accessed later in the round.

With the penalty, Malott?s day two score was a 105, which was the fourth score for New London, next to Addie Pry?s 92 and Jaden Streeter?s 100. On the tournament, Pry finished 20th overall with a 186. Streeter was 50th overall with a 199 and Malott finished 53rd, at 202.

Carlie Loyd shot a 110 to finish the tournament in 76th overall. Her final stroke total was 228. Hannah Ortberg finished the day at 134, which placed her 83rd individually with a final tally of 284.

It was the last tournament for three New London seniors; Noble, Loyd and Streeter. Malott and Pry are still sophomores and Ortberg is a freshman. After the dust had settled, Noble reflected on a squad that has been a perrenial state favorite for the last three years.

?We?ve always had a very good team,? Noble said. ?Sophomore year we were champs and the next two we were runners up, but we all still had (a lot of) fun doing it. I really enjoy my teammates a lot.?