ANAMOSA - Led by a sizzling season-opening effort from Anamosa junior Maddie Nemmers, the Raider girls golf team finished second hosting a unique 18-hole tournament Tuesday, April 6, that featured nine holes each on both of Anamosa’s beautiful courses.

      “What a fun day,” said Raider girls golf coach Tammy Seeley, as her team carded a solid 452 score, led by a tournament-winning effort from Nemmers, who carded a sensational 92.

      “For the first tournament of the year, I think, as a team and individuals, we did very well.”

      Anamosa trailed champion West Liberty, who carded a 438 score to win the event by 14 shots over the hosts. Don Bosco (458), Lone Tree (509) and Camanche (534) also took part at the tournament, that opened at the Fawn Creek Country Club where Nemmers got her day off to a sensational start making her way through the course with a round of 45 that led all golfers.

      Nemmers would never lose the lead after making the trip across town to Wapsi either, where she fired a 47 and topped West Liberty’s Aly Hamed (96) by four strokes, after the Comet golfer opened with a 51 at Fawn Creek then finished with a 45 at Wapsi.

      “Maddie was very nervous about being our No. 1 golfer, and was feeling a lot of pressure coming into the tournament,” Seeley said. “I told her to just go and have fun and she did. I look for Maddie to have a very successful year.”

      Maquoketa’s Natalie Ehlinger was the only other golfer to post a score in double-digits finishing with a 98 (54-44). The Cardinals only had two golfers compete at the event and did not qualify for team scoring.

      Cecilia Venenga tallied the No. 2 score for the Raider girls making her way through the 18-hole event with a 113 score that featured a 55 at Fawn Creek and a 58 at Wapsi while Lexah Miller added a 119 (54-65).

      Kennedy Ward also counted towards the Anamosa team score finishing with a 128 (65-63).

      “Sophomore Lexah Miller did a great job, too,” Seeley said. “She was most comfortable at Fawn Creek, which is where she normally plays. Part of high school golf is playing at other courses and I know she will gain more confidence and will continue to improve and score well for the team.

      “I was so proud of Ashlynn Brown and Kennedy Ward. These two girls had never played any golf up until the two weeks ago and pushed through 18 holes on Tuesday. We have all hit shots we didn’t intend to, that’s just part of the game. The resilience both of these girls showed will take them a long way in their golf game.”

      Brown carded a 152 (77-75) for the Raider girls.

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