Ballard beats Winterset by four strokes for first

PERRY – After a one-year drought the Ballard boys’ golf team laid claim to another Raccoon River Conference championship by edging Winterset for the conference championship Monday at the Perry Golf and Country Club.

Ballard placed sixth at last year’s RRC meet after winning the title in 2011. On Monday the Bombers turned in three individual all-conference performances to return to the top of the pecking order in the conference.

As a team Ballard carded a 313 over 18 holes. That was good enough to edge Winterset by four strokes for the championship.

Boone placed third out of nine teams with a score of 324 and ADM and Carroll were fourth and fifth with respective scores of 330 and 331.

Ty Mason, Nick Hartman and Brandon Thompson were the Bombers to be named all-RRC. Mason turned in the top Bomber score with a 75 and Hartman and Thompson each shot a 79.

Mason Jensen just missed the all-RRC cut as he was the final scored Bomber golfer with an 80. Nash Bucher and Michael McVicker each shot an 82 for Ballard.

Next up for Ballard is the Class 3A sectional meet at the Cedar Pointe Golf Course in Boone. The meet will take place this Friday starting at 9 a.m.

Final team scores (18 holes): 1. Ballard 313, 2. Winterset 317, 3. Boone 324, 4. ADM 330, 5. Carroll 331, 6. DCG 346, 7. Bondurant-Farrar 353, 8. Perry 355, 9. Carlisle 363.

Ballard (313) – Ty Mason 75, Mason Jensen 80, Nash Bucher 82, Nick Hartman 79, Brandon Thompson 79, Michael McVicker 82.

GRIMES – Ballard easily defeated Dallas Center-Grimes May 1 at the Beaver Creek Golf Course in Grimes.

Ballard shot a 169 over nine holes to defeat DCG by 22 strokes for the meet victory. The Bombers had five golfers shoot a 45 or better on a cold and windy day.

Nash Bucher and Nick Hartman tied for medalist honors as the each shot a 40 for the Bombers. Ty Mason carded a 44 and Mason Jensen and Brandon Thompson each finished with a 45.

Nick Baumhover also competed for Ballard, finishing with a 56.

Final team scores (nine holes): Ballard 169, DCG 191

Ballard (169) – Nash Bucher 40, Nick Hartman 40, Ty Mason 44, Mason Jensen 45, Brandon Thompson 45, Nick Baumhover 56.

HUXLEY – Ballard rolled to a decisive victory over Saydel April 30 as the Bombers won by 30 strokes over the Eagles at the Ballard Golf and Country Club.

Ballard ended up with a 160 as a team over nine holes compared to Saydel’s 190. All six Bomber golfers shot a 44 or better in a strong showing.

Ty Mason led the way with an impressive 36 to easily earn medalist honors. Nick Hartman and Michael McVicker tied for medalist runner-up with identical rounds of 41 and Mason Jensen carded a 42 as the final scored Bomber golfer.

Nash Bucher added a 43 and Brandon Thompson shot a 44 for Ballard.

Final team scores (nine holes): Ballard 160, Saydel 190

Ballard (160) – Ty Mason 36, Nick Hartman 41, Michael McVicker 41, Mason Jensen 42, Nash Bucher 43, Brandon Thompson 44.