Medalists included VS golfers Rachel Tandy and Halie Engler (center two in photo).

Led by 82s from Hailey Engler and Rachel Tandy, the Vinton-Shellsburg girls golf team defeated opponents from some of the largest eastern Iowa schools to win the Prairie Invitational on Thursday.

Coach’s report from Janet Woodhouse:

May 11, 2017

Prairie Invitational

Airport National Golf Course, par 63

Weather: pleasant, partly sunny, high 60s

Team Scores:

Vinton-Shellsburg 333

Iowa City West 338

C.R. Prairie 343

Benton Community 348

Marion 361

Linn-Mar 365

W. Delaware 370

Clear Creek-Amana 386

Individual Scores:

Medalist: Jordan Amelon, Ia City West 71

V-S Individuals

Halie Engler 40,42 = 82

Rachel Tandy 42,40 = 82

Brandi Gerber 45,39 = 84

Emily Blake 46,39 = 85

non counters: Alex Maynard, Abbe Wilson

Airport National is a shorter course with no par 5s and a lot of par 3s. It is not a walk in the park, but has some rather steep hills for golfers to climb and some very challenging holes. Our team shot exceptionally well today and garnered the invitational championship. Halie Engler and Rachel Tandy both shot 82s which earned them 3rd and 4th place medals respectively by card back. All of our team members present played well and each received a first place medal; the girls also brought home the championship team trophy! We were pleased to earn top honors against several 5A and 4A schools today. Our record now stands at 43-5.

Tomorrow we will play in the annual South Tama Invitational at Tama-Toledo Country Club. Monday will find us in Clinton for round one of Regional play.