A round of 77 earned Perry’s Noah Wilkening a fourth place finish at this season’s Perry Invitational on April 20.
At the Perry Golf and Country Club on Saturday, the Bluejays golf team welcomed a large group of players who were all vying for first place honors.
Wilkening fell just four strokes shy of eventual first place winner Joe Gibbons of Gilbert. Fellow Gilbert teammate Tommy Doyle finished in second with a score of 75.
Micha Moyer of A-D-M finished tied with Wilkening, nabbing third place. Graham Howerzyl of Pella Christian finished fifth with a 79.
As a team the Bluejays combined score of 356 landed them fifth overall. Gilbert’s 310 earned them first with A-D-M following in second with a 330.
The Norwalk Warriors placed third with a 332, the Rams of Greene County finished fourth with a 350, while the Woodward-Granger Hawks’ 361 landed them in seventh.
Pella Christian came in seventh place with a 369, and rounding out the final spot was the Carlisle Wildcats in eighth place with a 396.
Wilkening started off the day with a 40 in the front nine and picked up his game in the final nine as he finished three strokes better with a 37.
Perry’s Connor Nielsen finished second on the team with an 87. Both Tanner Duffy and Dane McCarty ended their round tied with a 96.
The rest of the squad tallied up a score of 451. Luke Rathje shot a 99, Brady Iben a 108, Gabe Ridnour a 121, and Devin Patrick had a 123.
Two days prior on April 20, the Bluejays dueled the visiting Winterset Huskies in a Raccoon River Conference matchup.
Perry’s foursome of Wilkening, Nielsen, Duffy and Rathje missed out on the victory by just six strokes with a combined 176.
Once again it was Wilkening leading the squad with a 9-hole round of 37. Rathje and Nielsen shot and identical 46, with Duffy a stroke behind with a 47. Wilkening’s low round score earned him medalist honors.
The team continues their home stand this Monday when they and their counterparts Jayettes play host to the Gilbert, Nodaway Valley and West Central Valley.