West Liberty High School girls' golf team

Harned leads Comet girls to golf win


The West Liberty High School girls’ golf team hit the course three times in competition in the past eight days, first matching up in a dual meet against Tipton before heading to Kalona Thursday to participate in the Golden Hawk Invitational at Kalona Country Club.

The team finished the series Monday with a triangular meet with Durant and West Branch’s Junior varsity squad at West Liberty Golf & Country Club.

Last Monday, April 18, the Comets hosted the Tipton Tigers at West Liberty Country Club. The Comets ran away with the dual, outscoring their opponents by 19 strokes by a final team count of 257-276.

Senior Aly Harned continues to lead the way for the Comets, shooting a 56 and placing first overall to win medalist honors. Senior Mylie Henderson placed second overall for the Comets, scoring a 64. Addison Beaver shot a 66 for the Comets and Cassie Aleman was the final Comet scorer, shooting a 71.

On Thursday, April 21, the Comets got to take advantage of a sunny day at Kalona Country Club and more ideal weather conditions. The Comets placed ninth overall at the nine team meet.

Harned shot a 105 which was good enough for a 12th place finish in the run for top medalist and Henderson punched in at 125. Aleman and Beaver rounded out the Comet scoring with 131 and 132 respectively.

Not having enough golfers to qualify for a team, West Liberty lost a dual match to Durant on Monday, the visitors scoring 210 strokes behind a 48 ovr the nine holes by Karissa Hoon and a 51 from Rebecca Paustion.

Harned again posted the best score for the Comets with a 53 while Mylei Henderson finished sixth with a 57. Addy Beaver rounded out the Comet scoring with a 69.

Coach James Laughlin says his Comet girls are improving, but wishes the weather would as well. “Aly and Mylei are playing well but we need to start saving some strokes around the green to lower our scores,” he said.

The coach complimented freshman Addy Beaver for showing improvement each time she goes out to play and said, “It is fun to watch her game grow.”

The Comets hit the links Friday at Wahkonsa Golf Course in the Durant Invitational beginning at noon, then play Monday, May 2, in a home dual meet against Mid-Prairie in Kolona beginning at 4 p.m., before traveling to Peosta on Wednesday, May 4, for the River Valley Conference meet, which will begin at 9 a.m.