So far this season, the Davenport Assumption boys golf team is cleaning up in invitational victories.
The Knights claimed their third invitational championship of the season on Wednesday by winning their own invite at Emeis Golf Course in Davenport. Assumption, led by medalist Max Gogel, put up a team score of 314, which was two shots better than runner-up Bettendorf.
Pleasant Valley (321), North Scott (331) and Dubuque Senior (332) rounded out the top five of the 10-team invitational.
Knights coach Gary Laake said he is seeing a postive theme from his players that has led to wins at a large invite in Macomb, Illinois, and at the North Scott Invitational.
"The mark of a good team is not playing your best and still coming out on top," Laake said. "We're starting to show a little more depth and one of the things I think our kids have the ability to do is shoot nine holes not so good then come back and shoot the last nine holes much better. They do not get rattled and I preach that all the time don't worry about the past. Because you never know when your score is going to matter."
Gogel led the way with a 2-over par 74 followed by Griffin Steer (79), Tom Schebler (80) and Matt Cain (81). Gogel edged out Dubuque Senior's Louis Psihoyos (75) for medalist honors.
Gogel said just being consistent was the key to the win.
"I got a lot of pars and I was driving the ball really well and kept things in the fairway," Gogel said. "My driving was definitely the best part of my game."
Gogel added he had a good run of shots from holes 5 to 9 to build momentum although he said he bogeyed No. 11. But that was soon followed by the highlight of the day when he birdied No. 14 by burying an uphill putt from 70 feet out.
Clinton's Jake Luett was third individually after firing a 76 as the River Kings finished sixth as a team. Luett said his tee shots were a lot better than recently although he said his putting was the difference in not making a run for medalist.
Recent rainy conditions left the greens really slow and Luett said he wound up with 34 putts for the round when averaging closer to 30.
"I was three-over for the last three holes, so if that is different I am right there for first place," Luett said. "It was just a couple holes that screwed me up but, other than that, I played fine."
Pleasant Valley's Ryan Brohm and Dubuque Senior's Jack Vandermillen tied for fourth overall after each shot a 77. Bettendorf's Steven Gottwald claimed the last medal by shooting a 78.
Gottwald and teammate Jack Reid led the Bulldogs with 78s. Benny Flanagan (79) and Trever Rogan (81) had the other top scores for Bettendorf.
Bulldogs coach Chris Like said he liked the consistency that he saw from his lineup.
"We left some shots out there but we like to be shooting in this range," Like said. "I'm very happy with the three scores in the 70s. Our goal was first or second, so we accomplished that."
Logan Thornberg and Eric Thompson each shot 80 for the Spartans while Marshall Payne's 84 rouded out PV's top four scores.