ANAMOSA - If you sit back and think about it, Hannah Houska would have missed a lot had she not considered going out for golf way back during her sophomore year of high school.
Her career since then has been well documented.
Igniting a run with the Anamosa girls’ golf program helping the Raiders compete for WaMaC Conference championships. An individual berth to the Iowa high school state golf tournament where she placed as one of the very best in class 3A back in 2018, and last year a first-ever Wapsi Country Club golf club championship.
Houska, fresh off a spring golf season at the collegiate level with the University of Dubuque, was back at Wapsi again Saturday, July 27, looking to defend her title.
Was there ever a doubt she wouldn’t accomplish the rare feat?
Houska, who faced some quality competition at the one-day, 18-hole event, which included her own mother Jenny, wound up dominating the field winning her second straight Wapsi club tournament championship finishing with a sizzling card of 74.
Houska claimed the top spot by an impressive seven shots over her mother who claimed the club runner-up honor after defeating Deb Byers in a two-hole sudden death playoff after each made their way through the challenging Wapsi course with cards of 81.
Byers (43-38) settled for first place in the first flight and was third overall.
Hannah set the tone for the tournament almost immediately opening with a 37 on her first nine holes of play. But, even with the solid nine-hole score, Houska still had plenty of golfers right on her heels as Laurie Woods was just one stroke back firing a 38 while Jenny Houska and Debbie Schultz were just two strokes off the pace with cards of 40.
The final nine holes, however, was where Houska began to gain some separation.
Houska carded another spectacular round of 37 and was one of only two golfers to shoot a sub-40 score (Byers was the other with a 38 on her final nine holes.
Jenny Houska finished with a 41 during her second round.
Woods (38-44) claimed runner-up honors in the first flight after finishing with an 18-hole total of 82, which was also fourth among all golfers competing at the event.
Schultz (40-44) and Ryann Pratt (43-41) tied for fifth overall each turning in cards of 84.
Gloria Franzen topped the field in the second flight finishing with an 85 (42-43) while Mary Zabloudil was second in the flight with an 86 (42-44).
Angie Ditch led the way in the third flight with a 90 (49-41) while Jen Ritter was runner-up firing a 93 (49-44).
Mary Jane Breashears’ 98 (48-50) was tops in the fourth flight while Sue Merritt’s 104 (52-52) was second.