CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s school colors are green and gold, but a change would be in order for its boys’ golf team.
Red is more fitting for the Cougar golfers, especially when it comes to their score cards.
Kennedy posted five scores under par and dominated the field with a score of 277 to win its second straight CRANDIC team title Tuesday at Twin Pines. Cougar senior Connor Steele earned medalist honors with an impressive 4-under-par 68.
Red is used to signify when a score is under par and Kennedy’s team card was littered with scarlet numerals.
“We might have to switch to the red and black,” Steele said with a laugh. “Hopefully we can keep that up. It’s a good team score.”
All six Kennedy golfers scored par or better. No. 6 golfer, Brigham Stewart, tied for eighth overall with a 72, but was sixth on his own squad. His score would have led five of the eight competing teams and second for all other seven.
“That’s outstanding. That’s awesome,” Kennedy Coach Mark Wilden said. “This is great for today. We’re going to celebrate this for today. Hopefully next time we can come out and do better.”
That will be tough to do. Cody Bell and Dane Worley each shot 69, tying for runner-up honors. Worley scored three birdies for a 33 on the front, adding two more birdies for a even-par 36 on the back. Bell was one of two players in the field to score eagles, carding a 2 on the par-4 No. 3 hole.
Jonathan Chadick and Mitchell Martin both carded 1-under-par 71s.
The wide open layout at Twin Pines can lead to low scores, especially on a day when the weather was perfect for play. The Cougars didn’t press to play as well as they did.
“They played smart golf,” Wilden said. “They hit a lot of solid tee shots and a lot of solid approach shots. They hit a lot of greens today and we could have been even lower if they would have had better putting.”
Steele entered the day confident and it resulted in a fantastic round. Steele had six birdies, including four in a five-hole stretch to start the back nine.
“I felt good about my swing today going in,” Steele said. “The first few holes on the back nine I just kind of got in a rhythm and made some putts.
”I carried it through to the last two holes when I finished bogey-bogey, but that’s all right.”
Steele notched the third-straight CRANDIC individual crown, edging Worley, who had won the last year CRANDIC titles. Steele noted that he failed to birdie the par-5 holes on the front but did on the tougher par-4s. He benefitted from strong approach shots.
“I hit a lot of good wedge shots,” Steele said. “I left myself really good birdie opportunities and didn’t have to really make any outside of 10 feet.”
Iowa City West came out on top of a tight team race for second. The Trojans scored 294, one shot better than Linn-Mar. Host Cedar Rapids Xavier was fourth at 297.
West’s Sam Eichhorn was fourth with a 2-under 70.
“I’m happy with it,” Eichhorn said. “Putting was good. Chipping was good, too. I was getting up and down.”
Linn-Mar was led by Joel Bergen, who shot even-par 72 with three birdies. Lions teammate Tyler McCann followed with a 73, highlighted by a 3-under 33 on the front.
Joby Frey powered Cedar Rapids Jefferson to fifth place, carding a 1-under 71. Devin Olson had the best round for the Saints with a 72, and teammate Jason Beer scored an eagle on the par-4 ninth hole as one of three Saints to score 75.