On Monday, Izzy Taylor, a senior at Burlington High School, was all smiles.
Taylor not only shot the best round of golf of her life – an 89 – but she received a bouquet of flowers for Seniors Day from her father, Mitch Taylor, who also happens to be the head golf coach of the daughters of the Greyhounds.
To top it off, Burlington played its best tournament of the season, carding a 393 to finish fifth in the 10-team Grayhound Invitational at Flint Hills Municipal Golf Course.
For Izzi Taylor, it was a day she will never forget as her golf career draws to a close.
” It feels good. I did my best all season and all my high school years. I felt really good today,” said Taylor, who will go to the University of Iowa in the fall to pursue a degree in business analysis and information systems before entering law school. “I feel pretty good. I’m really proud of myself with all the people who were here. I’m really proud of the team. It’s also one of our best scores of the season as a team.
“There were a few tough times between the coach and his daughter. But it’s been really rewarding. I’m glad I did it. I’m happy to be a part of it,” said Mitch Taylor, who is a lawyer. . “It’s also a thing that happens when you’re the coach and you watch your daughter. We don’t watch her score.”… She shot an 89. I don’t think she ever had less 90 years old. This is exceptional. This is a good thing.”
As Izzi Taylor made her life’s turn, sophomore Lauren Briggs struggled to find her game. Briggs had a rocky start before a little pep talk from Coach Taylor calmed her down and able to right the ship.
“Mitch really helped me. Just having someone to talk to about it instead of keeping it all inside, realizing there were a lot more holes to play and I could fix it,” Briggs said. , who finished as the second medalist with an 81. “He was about taking deep breaths. Just being comforting, acknowledging my feelings, but also letting me know there was more to do and that I could go on and do better.
Briggs managed to finish on a high, getting his approach shot on the par-4 finishing hole from three feet and birdie-tying.
“I’m happy that I was able to finish strong. I had a good drive for once and a good chip and putt,” Briggs said. “It makes the round more enjoyable to end on a high note. Don’t focus on all the bad holes. Just think about the last hole.”
Elaina Murders is the most improved player in the BHS team. She was back on Monday, carding four pars en route to a 107.
“It runs in the family, so it always interested me. My grandparents used to play and sometimes we would go with them,” Murders said. “The girls I play golf with are really nice and supportive of each other. We are all there for each other.
“Elaina plays three, four or five,” Coach Taylor said. “She never blinks on occasion to play and she always scores third no matter where you put her. She’s gone from a consistent 70 or 80 on nine to a level where we can rely on her in the years 60 all the time now.
Dilynn Taeger started her round slowly, but turned it around with a par on the No. 5 hole, hitting the green with her drive and then picking up from there.
“I was just really tired. I just wasn’t into it at the start. As the day went on I got better,” said Taeger, who shot a 112. “I corrected my swing and where I was aiming and it went just where I needed it.”
Also for Burlington, Edie Bloom shot a 116 and Hannah Wentzel a 134.
Samantha Wibben of Mount Pleasant used her prior knowledge of the course to her advantage, carding an 82 to finish third.
It was really tough today with my tee shots and the greens were especially hard to get around today,” Wibben said. “It gives me really good confidence because every time I’ve played this year I improved my score. I improved by several shots from Edmundson two weeks ago.
Natalie Ames shot an 87 to finish sixth and help the Chiefs finish fourth with a 381.
But that day belonged to Izzi Taylor, who made her senior day one to remember. She topped it off with a birdie on the 18th.
“It feels really good because I can see all of our hard work paying off with our scores and our attitude. It’s really good to be back in the competition,” said Izzi Taylor. ) is there to help with the attitude. We don’t do too much coaching during the golf meet. I can do what I’ve been taught and not feel like I’m being harassed during the lesson.
“It’s a bit bittersweet. She’s my youngest. Her mother and I are very proud of her,” Coach Taylor said. “She played decent golf. She’s been a real solid teammate for Lauren and for Elaina and Edie and Sofia (Ball) and Dilynn and the other girls. It’s all bittersweet. She is seen leaving the nest and moving up to Iowa. It was fun watching her for those four years.
Matt Levins is a sports reporter for the USA TODAY Network in Burlington, Iowa, which has covered local sports for 31 years. Contact him at [email protected]
At Flint Hills Municipal Golf Course
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1. Bettendorf, 345; 2.Washington, 361; 3. West Davenport, 371; 4. Keokuk, 381; 5. Burlington, 393; 6.Fairfield, 398; 7. North Davenport, 401; 8. Assumption of Davenport, 432; 9. Muscatine, 507. Mount Pleasant didn’t have enough players for a team score.
Top 10 Medalists
1. Shannyn Vogler, Bettendorf, 72; 2. Lauren Briggs, Burlington, 81; 3. Samantha Wibben, Mount Pleasant, 82; 4. Makenna Conrad, Wash., 84; 5. Kaylin Long, Wash., 86; 6. Natalie Ames, Keokuk, 87; 7. tie, Sarah Gies, Bettendorf and Kyle Dayvejonck, Davenport West, 88; 9. tied, Victoria Batey, Bettendorf, Maddy Wardlow, Davenport North and Viola Welsh, Fairfield, 90.
Burlington— Briggs, 81; Izzi Taylor, 89; Murders of Elaina, 107; Dilyn Taeger, 112; Edie Bloom, 116; Hannah Wentzel, 134 years old.
Keokuk— Ames, 87; Chloe Ruhl, 92; Allison Ames, 101; Heidi Rose, 111; Kaylie Watson, 101; Anna Hinton, 103 years old.
Mount Pleasant — Samantha Wibben, 82; Kylie Walderbach, 106 years old