(Dunlap) -- The Boyer Valley girl’s golf team is returning to the state golf tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday with one of the most balanced rosters in the area.
The Bulldogs, which won their regional final last Monday in Atlantic, are as consistent as they are balanced. QuikStats shows about a five stroke difference between BV’s No. 1 and No. 6 golfers in the combined adjusted average.
“They really like being around each other and like being out on the golf course,” Boyer Valley Head Coach Bradley Gralheer told KMA Sports. “We didn’t do well in our first meet or two, but after that they figured out there are a few ways to improve. That’s what they did.”
Junior Abbie Miller has the lowest score this season, shooting a 50.34 combined average, while junior Regan Frazier (54.39), junior Katy Puck (54.66), sophomore Alexia Miller (55.22), sophomore Katelyn Neilsen (55.29) and freshman Maci Miller (55.76) are not far behind.
The Bulldogs are so balanced that they didn’t hold one of the top six individual qualifying spots at their regional final, yet they were still able to win the meet by nine strokes.
“We have good depth,” Gralheer said. “It doesn’t just fall on the shoulders of one or two golfers, so we’re pretty well prepared, I think.”
This is the second state tournament trip in the last three years and the eighth in school history for the Bulldogs. They will begin play on Tuesday morning in the 1A tournament at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown.
“I’ve set goals (for this team) all year long, and they look at me funny sometimes,” Gralheer said. “There’s no reason all six can’t shoot in the 90s. Everyone is capable, and there’s no reason not to. A couple are even capable of better than that.
“If you look around the state, the scores coming out of our region were higher than others, but they didn’t play our golf course. You can look at it and maybe it tells you a little bit, but it doesn’t tell you everything.”
Others representing the area in Class 1A are the IKM-Manning team, Jenna Reynolds and Roni Hook of Griswold, CAM’s Sammi Jahde, East Union’s Quinn Eslinger, Kristin Schaff of Central Decatur and Kynser Reed from Melcher-Dallas.
Listen to the complete interview with Coach Gralheer linked here.