BOYS GLF: Risetter shoots 69, Hawks second at Gilbert Invite

AMES – Top-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton recorded three solid rounds at the Ames Golf and Country Club on Saturday.

But it takes four scores to win a tournament, particularly one as tough as the Gilbert Invitational.

The host Tigers – ranked No. 8 (3A) in the largest spring class – received the balance it needed to nip South Hamilton and claim the tournament title.

Gilbert posted a 311 to top the Hawks (314) by three shots. Ballard (316) and Humboldt (316) weren’t far behind in third and fourth.

It was a bit of payback for Gilbert, which lost the Heart of Iowa Conference tournament championship to South Hamilton by two shots last Monday.

“It was the same song, just a different verse for us. We’re still trying to find solid scores from our (Nos.) four, five and six guys,” South Hamilton head coach Mark Ullestad said. “When we get that we have the capability of going really low.”

HOIC medalist and No. 1-ranked individual Braxton Risetter did nothing to tarnish his reputation. The steady senior peppered his scorecard with 16 pars and sprinkled in a pair of birdies for a sizzling 2-under 69 – good enough to earn him the top spot on the leaderboard by four shots over runner-up Garret Jensen (73) of Gilbert.

“Braxton is playing with a lot of confidence and he’s not making any mistakes,” Ullestad said. “He’s making it look pretty easy right at this moment.”

Classmate and second-ranked Trevor Ullestad carded a 77 to place fifth overall and Jordan Bowers had another quality round with a 79.

Jordan Toillion’s 89 closed out the Hawks’ scoring.

South Hamilton played without Nathan Sogard, who attended all-state band on Saturday. He had his best round of the season (83) at last week’s HOIC tournament.

The Hawks will again go head-to-head against Gilbert, as well as several other teams, today back at the Ames Golf and Country Club. It will be a 9-hole event.