OSKALOOSA — It wasn’t the sharpest day for the Mt. Pleasant boys’ golf team - in fact, it was one of their worst, but the Panthers’ final score of 336 was good enough to do the job. The Panthers finished third in their state qualifier behind Pella (310) and the hosting Indians (327), which advanced them to the state tournament in Ft. Dodge next week.
Only one Panther, Jake Moffett, shot under 80 on the day. Moffett shot a 36 on the front nine and a 43 on the back to score 79, which led Mt. Pleasant past fourth-place Clear Creek-Amana by seven strokes.
“He’s an amazing player,” said senior teammate Bailey Shelledy. “He’s always trying to work on his game, trying to get better. We realized we’d all have to play really well, and some of us didn’t do that, but he came in and was big for us when we needed him.”
Sophomore Brevin Wilson finished four strokes behind his junior teammate to shoot 83. He finished 43 on the front nine and a40 ont he back to give Mt. Pleasant another big score. Trace White shot 44 and 41 to finish at 85, and Rhett Zeglen shot a 45 and a 44 to end the day at 89.
“It will be a new experience (for me) because I’ve never been at state golf before,” says Zeglen, who joined the team last year as a junior. “I expect a lot of chipping and putting (this week), and we should all hold each other accountable for everything. Now is a big time in the season, and we want to go win.”
Shelledy finished at 94, shooting a 48 and a 46, and freshman Reece Kempker went 52 and 54 to finish the day at 106.
Shelledy, White and Moffett will be making their second-trip to state. They were also all apart of the 2017 team that finshed sixth.
“It’s pretty special,” Shelledy said. “Not a lot of high school golfers can say they’ve went to state twice in four years. We feel like this team is as good, if not better, than our last team. We just haven’t played to our potential.”
The Panthers will have a week of preperation before the state meet, which runs from Thursday, May 23 to Friday, May 24. It will be the final meet for three seniors; Zeglen, Shelledy and White.
“(We’ll) definitely be working on some chipping and putting,” said White after the meet. “And we’re all going to have fun with our last practices together.”