COUNCIL BLUFFS — Ryan Leath’s brilliance during regulation play on Monday allowed him to avoid working overtime again.

As a freshman and junior, the Glenwood senior needed playoffs to emerge as the Hawkeye Ten Conference individual champion. On Monday at Fox Run Golf Course, Leath carded an even-par 71 to claim his third league title by three strokes over Atlantic sophomore Braden Smith on a cool, pleasant day of action.

Atlantic repeated as the team champion by the slimmest of margins, edging Glenwood 314-315 for top honors.

Leath did his part for the Rams, and he entered the meet well-prepared.

“We just live 15 minutes down the road, so we come up here quite a bit,’’ he said.

Leath started and finished with a flourish, getting birdies on his first and last holes. He shot 2-under 34 on the front nine and 2-over 37 on the back nine.

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“I was getting off the tee pretty well, and then I was making a lot of putts,’’ the DMACC golf recruit said. “I had a lot of saves, and my approach shots were pretty good today, too.’’

Leath and the Rams did not qualify for state last season. They fell short at Majestic Hills in Denison. That’s where the Class 3-A sectional is again on Friday, but Leath said his team is ready.

“Can’t wait for it,’’ he said.

Atlantic’s scorers were runner-up Smith (74), senior Matt Gearheart (third, 76), junior Cyle Renaud (fourth, 77) and sophomore Drey Newell (31st, 87). Coach Ed DenBeste said Smith, who had been shooting around 80 until recently, was the most pleasant surprise.

“It’s his score that brought us there,’’ he said. “He’s been playing really well. He’s hitting it a little straighter. He hit some greens and definitely got up and down when he needed to.’’

Glenwood’s other scorers were seniors Dax Lappala (eighth, 79), Nick Stavas (18th, 82) and Eli Bales (19th, 83).


At Fox Run, Council Bluffs

Final team scoring: 1, Atlantic 314; 2, Glenwood 315; 3, Carroll Kuemper 321; 4, CB Lewis Central 326; 5, Denison-Schleswig 340; 6, CB St. Albert 344; 7, Harlan 344; 8, Clarinda 347; 9, Creston 347; 10, Shenandoah 372; 11, Red Oak 413.

Top 12 medalists (top six are first-team all-conference; next six are second-team all-conference): 1, Ryan Leath, Glen, 71; 2, Braden Smith, Atl, 74; 3, Matt Gearheart, Atl, 76; 4, Cyle Renaud, Atl, 77; 5, Cole Collison, Kuem, 77; 6, Jay Swanson, Har, 77; 7, Colby Burg, Cres, 79; 8, Dax Lappala, Glen, 79; 9, Owen O’Brien, LC, 80; 10, Tyler Huttmann, LC, 80; 11, Dawson McDermott, Kuem, 80; 12, Cael Woltmann, LC, 81.

Creston wins girls title

CLARINDA — Creston took top honors on Monday at the Hawkeye Ten Conference girls golf meet at Clarinda Country Club, with Rylie Driskell shooting a 78 to beat Atlantic’s Baylee Newell for medalist honors by three strokes. The Panthers topped Atlantic 362-369 to win the team championship.

Third-place Glenwood (406) had a medalist in Sophie Benson, who shot 94 for second-team all-conference honors. Jocelyn Cheek of Harlan joined her as a second-team all-conference honoree after shooting a 98 for 12th place.


At Clarinda Country Club

Final team scoring: 1, Creston 362; 2, Atlantic 369; 3, Glenwood 406; 4, Carroll Kuemper 411; 5, CB Lewis Central 411; 6, Clarinda 415; 7, Harlan 424; 8, Shenandoah; 426; 9, Red Oak 429; 10, Denison-Schleswig 454.

Top 12 medalists (top six are first-team all-conference; next six are second-team all-conference): 1, Rylie Driskell, Cres, 78; 2, Baylee Newell, Atl, 81; 3, Alyssa Ginther, Atl, 82; 4, Sydney Hartsock, Cres, 87; 5, Katie Schweers, Kuem, 90; 6, Kate Carlson, RO, 90; 7, Gracie Brown, Clar, 92; 8, Sophie Benson, Glen, 94; 9, Mariah Naberhaus, Kuem, 94; 10, Kathryn Gunderson, Glen, 95; 11, Kelsi Carlson, Shen, 97; 12, Jocelyn Cheek, Har, 98.