Grundy Center boys golf rallies for 1A state title

The Grundy Center boys golf team holds its state champion banner and plaque after winning the Class 1A meet in Newton on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Ronda Sternhagen)

NEWTON – The Grundy Center boys golf team won the Class 1A state championship with a big turnaround on the second day of the tournament Friday at Westwood Golf Course in Newton.


The Spartans turned in a 327 team score on Friday, 29 strokes better than their Day 1 total. Friday's championship win is the third team title in school history and the first since 2005.


Harris-Lake Park was the team runner-up with a 687, followed by Exira/EH-K with a 696.


Grundy Center's Jake Bangasser finished his high school golf career with an individual medal as well, placing fourth individually with a two-day total of 155 on rounds of 81 and 74. The Iowa Western signee had the second-biggest turnaround of the day for the Spartans behind Matthew Sternhagen, who turned in a 78 on Friday after shooting a 95 on Thursday.


Sternhagen and Andy Cox each finished with a 173 total. Nolan Freeman shot a 184 total, Tanner Appel shot 187 and Travis Kuester shot a 193.


AGWSR junior Alex Hames shot a two-day total of 175 after improving 11 strokes from Day 1 with an 82 on the tournament's final day. Hames finished in a tie for 23rd as an individual.


The full story from 1A state golf will appear in next week's Grundy Register.