Booton leads Storm to second at own invitational

Haley Booton
Haley Booton

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Haley Booton fired a career-low 78 at the single-round Simpson Invitational on Wednesday at Indianola Country Club, leading the Storm to a second-place finish of 11 teams in the final tune-up before the Iowa Conference Championship.

Simpson shot 331 as a team, just two strokes behind tournament champion Central. Five Iowa Conference schools competed in order to get a feel for the layout at Indianola Country Club, which will serve as the site for the final two rounds of the league championship Oct. 6-7. Dubuque finished in fourth place, Loras took sixth and Coe ended up 11th.

The Storm shot their lowest round as a team since shooting 328 and 329 on opening weekend (Sept. 2-3).

Booton made 11 pars on her home course to finish alone in fourth place of 58 competitors. Courtney Mabeus and Hannah Gordon each shot 82 to tie for seventh, giving Simpson three, top-10 finishers.

Mabeus, a senior, posted the lowest round of her career while Gordon, a transfer, closed her first "regular" season with the Storm's lowest stroke average (83.9).

Up Next
The Storm begin play at the four-round IIAC Championship this weekend at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls. Friday's first-round begins at 10 a.m.

Storm Scorecard
Haley Booton 78 4th
Hannah Gordon 82 t-7th
Courtney Mabeus 82 t-7th
Kelsa Berkland 89 t-17th
Kelsey Poppe 90 t-19th
Emily Jansen 91 t-22nd
Lydia Martin 91 t-22nd
Cassady Carmichael      105      t-39th
Madison Hance 110 42nd
Lexi Wagner 111 43rd