ALTOONA - Four players were separated by just two shots for the South Hamilton boys' golf team in its season-opening meet at Terrace Hills Golf Course yesterday.
The Hawks posted a 160 on the par-35 front nine to finish in third place behind tournament-champion Prairie City-Monroe (147) and runner-up Pella (153). Des Moines Christian also shot a 160, but South Hamilton was awarded third on the strength of No. 5 golfer Jordan Bower's 42.
"I wasn't surprised we got third because Pella and PCM are pretty good clubs this year, but 160 is higher than what we shot at this tournament last year," South Hamilton head coach Mark Ullestad said.
Jacob Haugland and Trevor Ullestad fired matching 39s, while Braxton Risetter and Jordan Toillion both turned in 41s.
"I was really happy to see Jake play well," Mark Ullestad said.
Trevor Ullestad and Risetter - the team's leaders a year ago when the Hawks placed fourth at the Class 2A state tournament - had trouble at the par-3 eighth hole. Both dunked their tee shots in the pond in front of the green; Ullestad took a double-bogey 5, Risetter a quadruple-bogey 7.
At Terrace Hills Golf Course
Par 35 (front 9)
1. PCM 147; 2. Pella 153; 3. South Hamilton 160; 4. Des Moines Christian 160; 5. Colfax-Mingo 170; 6. North Polk 180; 7. Bondurant-Farrar 187; 8. Madrid 197; 9. CMB 209.
South Hamilton Scores
Jacob Haugland 39, Trevor Ullestad 39, Braxton Risetter 41, Jordan Toillion 41, Jordan Bowers 42, Lucas Fisher 44.
"You take that one hole out and it's a different story," Mark Ullestad said. "There's six penalty strokes right there with two kids."
PCM's Hunter Van Veen and Pella's Shawn Rennick both shot 35 to sit atop the individual leaderboard.
South Hamilton is scheduled to make its home debut at the Jewell Golf and Country Club on Thursday with a triangular against West Marshall and CMB.