Linn-Mar’s Morgan Rupp wins 4A title, Pleasant Valley wins 4A team crown

Consistency is key in the game of golf. Just ask Morgan Rupp, the Linn-Mar sophomore whose steady play led to her winning the Class 4A individual state golf title on Friday.

Rupp shot a 2-under 140 this week to win large-class medalist honors at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny, carding back-to-back 70s on Thursday and Friday. That consistency led to a 1-shot victory over Cedar Rapids Washington’s Jane Petersen.

Petersen, another sophomore, held a 2-shot lead after a 3-under 68 in Thursday’s opening round, during which she collected five birdies in an eight-hole span and finished with six total for the day-one lead.

But Petersen couldn’t conjure that same magic Friday, finishing with three bogeys — including two on holes she birdied Thursday — and ultimately carded a 2-over 73 to finish 1-under (141) for the tournament.

That allowed Rupp, who tied for fifth last year, to inch ahead. She countered a double-bogey on the Par-4 No. 14 with three birdies for a 1-under 70 on Thursday. On Friday, she bogeyed the Par-4 No. 1, then birdied Nos. 9 and 15 for another 1-under 70.

Rupp is Linn-Mar’s first individual girls state golf champion. Behind Petersen, Pleasant Valley’s Maura Peters (2-over 144), Burlington’s Lauren Briggs (3-over 145), and West Des Moines Valley’s Hallie Yates (5-over 147) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Peters was the leading individual in Pleasant Valley’s team title-winning performance. The Spartans shot a collective 641, beating second-place Cedar Rapids Washington by 17 strokes to win the first girls state golf team championship in school history.

Behind Peters, Isabella Steele finished sixth, with a 6-over 148, and Elliana Danielsen and Anna Weinberger both finished inside the top-40 overall. Cedar Rapids Washington finished with a team score of 658, followed by W.D.M. Valley, third with 663.

Class 3A: Gilbert’s Eden Lohrbach shot a 1-under 143 to win her second individual Class 3A state golf title at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls on Friday.

Lohrbach, the state champ in 2021 and runner-up last year, carded a 2-under 70 on Thursday and a 1-over 73 on Friday to win by five strokes. She is only a junior, too.

Clear Lake’s Rebecca DeLong finished second, with a 4-over 148, followed by teammate Meghan DeLong, third with a 10-over 154. Lisbon’s Kaylie Kelchen and Washington’s Kaylin Long tied for fourth with a 13-over 157.

Lohrbach’s individual performance led Gilbert to the Class 3A team title. The Tigers collectively shot 653, beating second-place Dubuque Wahlert by 19 shots to win the first girls state golf team title in school history.

Wahlert finished second at 672, followed by third-place Clear Lake (676), fourth-place Washington (688) and fifth-place Cedar Rapids Xavier (696).

Gilbert’s Eden Lohrbach, pictured here from an April golf tournament at Veenker Golf Course in Ames, won the Class 3A individual state golf title on Friday in Cedar Falls. She is now a two-time state golf champ.

Class 2A: Sumner-Fredericksburg’s Chloe Bolte repeated as the Class 2A girls state golf champion with a two-day score of 10-over 152 at American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown on Friday.

Last year, Bolte won a playoff to secure an individual state title. This week, she beat the field by 10 strokes, securing a 4-shot lead with a 4-over 75 on Thursday, then sealing the deal with a 6-over 77 on Friday.

Mediapolis’ Olivia Hines took second, with a 20-over 162. She edged both Tipton’s Paycee Sorgenfrey and Roland-Story’s Makenna Carlson, who tied for third at 21-over 163, by a single stroke. Sioux Central’s Kendra Casey took fifth with a 22-over 164.

Thanks to top-10 finishes from Carlson and Brinley Carlson, Roland-Story won the 2A state team championship, with a collective 723. The Norse beat second-place West Marshall by eight strokes (731). New Hampton took third with 737.

Class 1A: Grundy Center’s Abbie Lindeman claimed the individual Class 1A state golf title with a two-day score of 15-over 159, beating New London’s Taylor Phillips, the runner-up, by a single stroke at Boone’s Cedar Pointe Golf Course on Friday.

Lindeman trailed Phillips by two strokes after shooting an 8-over 80 on Thursday, but rallied with a 7-over 79 on Friday while Phillips carded a 10-over 82, giving Lindeman a one-stroke victory, 159-160.

Behind Lindeman and Phillips, Bishop Garrigan’s Avery Lichter took third, with a 24-over 168, followed by Nashua-Plainfield’s Paige Franzen (fourth, 30-over 174) and Riverside’s Addison Brink (fifth, 33-over 177).

Led by Lindeman, Grundy Center won the Class 1A team championship, the 15th in school history but first since 2015, with a collective score of 706. They cruised over second-place New London (729) and third-place West Branch (771).

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Girls Golf: PV, Gilbert, Sumner-Fred, Grundy Center win state team titles