Iowa girls state tournament

Class 5A

When: Tuesday-Wednesday (9 a.m. start each day)

Where: Coldwater Links, Ames

Teams competing: Ankeny Centennial, Cedar Falls, Dowling Catholic, Dubuque Senior, Linn-Mar, Pleasant Valley, Waukee, West Des Moines Valley

Local individuals: Mckenzie O'Brien, sr., Davenport North; Paige Miller, jr., Muscatine

Outlook: PV has the fifth best 18-hole stroke average of the teams in the field. Allison Miller, the conference medalist, leads Spartans with average of 79. Teammate Danielle Henricksen was runner-up at regionals with 81. O'Brien was 19th at last year's state meet, and Miller qualified two years ago. 

Class 4A

When: Tuesday-Wednesday (9 a.m. start each day)

Where: Elmwood Country Club, Marshalltown

Teams competing: Carroll, Creston, Dubuque Wahlert, Grinnell, Humboldt, Mount Pleasant, Nevada, Washington

Locals in field: Taylor Thede, jr, Maquoketa; Kara Duffy, fr., Central DeWitt

Outlook: Thede was second place at the regional with an 86 and Duffy was fourth with an 88. Duffy has an average of 93.4 for 18 holes this season. Washington won last year's title by 17 strokes and returns four players.

Class 3A

When: Tuesday-Wednesday (9 a.m. start each day)

Where: Lake Panorama National Golf Course, Panora

Teams competing: Atlantic, Carroll Kuemper, Centerville, Clear Lake, Gilbert, MOC-Floyd Valley, New Hampton, Vinton-Shellsburg

Local individual: Caitlin Steimle, sr., Assumption

Outlook: Steimle fired a season-low 83 at the regional final in Williamsburg, just one stroke from being medalist. She is averaging around 91 strokes for 18 holes this season. Centerville has four players averaging less than 91.

Class 2A

When: Tuesday-Wednesday (9 a.m. start each day)

Where: Jester Park Golf Course, Granger

Teams competing: Alta-Aurelia, BCLUW, Emmetsburg, Ogden, Sumner-Fredericksburg, Tipton, Treynor, West Lyon

Local individuals: Paige McKee, sr, Durant

Outlook: Brittany Huinker and Kailee Meyer lead Tipton with stroke averages of 97 and 97.33, respectively. Meyer had a 96 to pace Tigers to regional final title. McKee shot 99 at regionals to qualify, two strokes below season average.

Class 1A

When: Tuesday-Wednesday (9 a.m. start each day)

Where: American Legion Golf Course, Marshalltown

Teams competing: Akron-Westfield, Boyer Valley, Clarksville, Easton Valley, Iowa Valley, Mason City Newman, New London, West Monona

Local individuals: Caitlyn Jacobs, sr., Prince of Peace

Outlook: Jacobs was fourth at the state tournament last season with rounds of 90 and 76. She enters with the fifth-best scoring average in 1A at 87.4 and has shot 80 in competition this year. Easton Valley, second at regionals, is led by Kalli Miller (92) and Lexi Theisen (100.9). 

— Matt Coss


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.