ANKENY—Freshman Taylor Thede (Maquoketa) led the Iowa Central Community College women's golf team last Thursday with a 92 at the ICCAC Fall Regional Preview held at the par-71 5,360-yard Otter Creek Golf Course.
"I thought it was a great day for Taylor because she had to battle some early round adversity before going on and playing well her last 14 holes," said coach Kris Graewin. "Taylor has put in a ton of work this fall and her hard work is showing. She's been consistently improving her scores since she got here in August and I expect that to continue into the spring."
The women faced frigid temperatures to start, with opening tee shots hit in a brisk 35 degrees but Graewin thought his team preserved nicely.
"It was cold for everyone but I thought our ladies kept a great mindset about what they needed to do," he said. "We talked before the round about how half the field would want to give up and we needed to be mentally tough and I thought we did a nice job with that."
Iowa Lakes Community College won the event with a four-score total of 346 with Des Moines Area Community College finishing runner-up with 372. Despite finishing fifth with a 397 in the five-team tournament, Graewin saw improvement from his squad.
"This was just the second tournament our ladies were able to compete in this fall and I couldn't be happier with their progress," he said. "It's been a learning experience for everyone and with only five women on the team everyone knows they're going to play which can sometimes limit the productivity in practice but this team has come to work each day and gotten better each day. Each of the ladies posted a new career low round."
Following Thede was sophomore Siera Fergen (Sioux City) with a 98, freshman Ericka Stender (Massena) fired a 99, freshman Mackenzie Trinkle (Union) carded a 108 and freshman Bryor McCuddin (Otho) shot 118.
"There were a ton of positives from this event, starting with the ladies getting to see the course that they will be playing in the spring for a chance to go to nationals," said Graewin. "Bryor really got unlucky with her last few holes as she hit some good shots that just ended up getting herself into a bit of trouble. All together it was a great fall season for these ladies."
The Tritons wrapped up their short fall season at the Preview. Looking ahead to the spring the team will take a spring break trip to Phoenix, Ariz. in March.