Cascade’s boys golf squad closed out its 2019 campaign with a 10th-place finish in the Tri-Rivers at Blue Top Ridge Golf Course, May 7, as well as a sixth-place showing at the Class 2A Sectional Tournament in Dyersville, May 10.

In the former, the Cougars were led by a pair of underclassmen in freshman Ray Martin and sophomore Gavin Manternach both shooting 92 for 26th and 27th overall. Seniors Carson VanDeest added 97 and Will Otting 104 to round out the scoring at 385.

West Branch won the team race at 324, followed by Mid-Prairie (342), Tipton (347), Monticello (349), Regina (359), Wilton (360), Durant (360), Anamosa (368) and Northeast (379). The Cougars topped four teams in North Cedar (398), Camanche (412), Bellevue (424) and West Liberty (no team score). West Branch’s Dylan Countryman won the individual title with a 75 over Regina’s Mark Schomer and Mid-Prairie’s Noah Schlabaugh (77).

“One of our goals was to finish in the middle of the pack and we finished in the top-10 teams,” head coach Steve Weber said of the outing. “Manternach and Martin tied for 26th-place individually out of 80 players at the conference meet. That was just two strokes away from being honorable mention all-conference. I was happy with their performances as freshman and sophomore respectively.”

The team continued to the Class 2A Sectional Tournament Friday, where the Cougars placed sixth overall in the eight-team field with 373. Monticello took the team win at 328, Union was second (334), followed by Columbus (347), Beckman (353) and Denver (359). Falling to the Cougars was North Linn (415) and Jesup (no score). Beckman’s Josh Engler won the individual title at 78, followed by Justin Recker of Monticello (80).

In his final meet as a Cougar, VanDeest led the day for the team with an 87 and a 17th-place finish. Manternach came next in 20th overall (91), while Martin (97) and Brody Supple (98) went 28th and 29th to close out the scoring.

“We made a 12-stroke improvement from the Blazer Invitational meet they had there on April 15,” Weber said of the final meet of the year.

Days before these two big outings, VanDeest earned one last medal for his team in a May 6 gathering at Plum River Golf Course against Northeast. The final tally would have Cascade on the losing end 186-183, despite VanDeest’s first-place mark of 41.

Manternach shot 45, Will Otting 46 and, Brody Supple 54 to round out the Cougar scoring. Northeast was led by Alijah Dipson at 42.

“This was one of VanDeest’s favorite courses that he was able to earn medalist honors on in this meet. Carson, Gavin and Will contributed scores in the 40s, we just needed one more guy to post another 40’s score to help the team score to be competitive in our final regular season match,” Weber said.