Garrigan’s Capesius a co-leader at girls state golf

MARSHALLTOWN – Senior Alexa Capesius is tied for the Class 1A individual state golf lead after first round action here Monday at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course.

Capesius carded a 5-over 76, tying her with North Linn’s Jessica Franson. The two are nine shots ahead of their closest competitors.

Overall, Bishop Garrigan is in third place. The Golden Bears shot a 371, which was 16 strokes behind leader Grundy Center.

New London currently sits in second after a 369.

Newell-Fonda is fifth following a 403 score. Mustang Jade Hess led the way with a 90. Hess is tied for 10th overall.

Last spring, Grundy Center claimed team gold by two shots over Garrigan. Capesius was the individual champion after an even-par second round left her 14 strokes ahead of the field.

Brittney Arndorfer shot a 91 for the Golden Bears, which has her tied for 14th overall, while Emily Marlow also broke 100, shooting a 93.

Chloe Garman (111) and Emily Berte (144) were the other counting golfers for Garrigan.

For the Mustangs, Brooke Belcher and Claudia Larsen each carded 104s, while Abby Christensen added a 105. Morgan Hurd (108) and Morgan Magnussen (111) rounded out the lineup.

West Bend-Mallard’s Jennalyn Thul shot a 95, leaving her tied for 21st overall.

Play resumes today at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Cowgirls eighth after first day

AMES – The Clarion-Goldfield girls golf team sits in eighth place in Class 3A after day one action at state.

Atlantic leads the team race after shooting a 360, followed by Carroll Kuemper and Unity Christian. The Cowgirls came in with a 417.

Paige VanDyk of South Tama leads the individual race after a 2-over 75.

Mikaela Livengood, a junior, carded a 92, placing her tied for 19th overall heading into today’s final 18 holes at the Ames Golf and Country Club.

Jenalee Hinkle carded a 101, Shanee Tate a 110 and Hope Polzin a 114 for the counters. Cassie Hanson (119) and Kaylee Smith (121) were the other two.

All six members of the Clarion-Goldfield lineup are underclassmen, as Livengood, Hinkle and Polzin are juniors, while Tate, Hanson and Smith are sophomores.

East Sac County’s Makayla Ernst carded a 90 and is tied for 16th overall.

Play resumes today at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.