Shackelford Shoots 6-Under Par, Panthers finish second in Hal Rossow Invitational
Panorama sophomore Kolby Shackelford shot a fantastic six-under par 66 to lead his team at the Hal Rossow boys golf invitational on a cool and overcast afternoon at Panorama National Golf Course in Panora on Saturday.
The 39th annual event, previously known as the Panorama Invitational, was renamed for veteran Panorama boys golf coach Hal Rossow who retired after last season. Rossow was in attendance Saturday.
Shackelford, who placed 13th in his rookie season for the Panthers at the state tournament last spring, shot two rounds of 33 on his home course, which ties the school record for the lowest score for 18 holes, also recorded by former Panther Reid Cobb on the Audubon course. Cobb is a member of the Simpson men’s golf team this spring.
Shackelford had one bogey and birdied holes 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 17.
“I had a good day,” said the quiet and humble Shackelford, whose mom Gayle says he had his first set of plastic clubs at age 2. He played in his first tournament at the age of 5.
Gayle Schackelford missed the first couple holes her son golfed Saturday, but once she started following along, she was happy to be witnessing the special round.
“I’m glad I got to see it,” she said, adding it was nice his putter was working really well.
Shackelford’s outstanding effort Saturday, which was 14 strokes better than the next competitor, lead the sixth-ranked Panthers to a team score of 336. Jacob Iseminger shot 86, Dylan Douglass 90 and Ryan Klinge 94. Trey Cobb shot 95 and Wyatt Appleseth 98, for the non-scoring rounds.
The Panthers tied with top-ranked Kuemper Catholic out of Carroll, who also turned in a 336, but finished second on criteria established in golf, which uses the fifth player’s score to determine the winner. Nevada, who is ranked No. 2 was third with a 337.
Nate Mertz of Kuemper was the runner-up medalist with an 80, with Kuemper’s Jared Tigges tying Nevada’s Dylan Sporrer for third when both shot rounds of 81. Trenton Golay of CR-B and James Carsrud of Nevada split fifth place after each finished at 83.
“I’m really proud of you guys,” Panorama head coach David VanAhn told his team moments after the awards presentation.
Rossow, who coached the Panorama boys golf team for 39 years, leading them to back-to-back state titles in 2015 and 2016, said Shackelford’s performance was one of the best he’s seen from a high school golfer at the tough Lake Panorama National Golf Course.
“I saw he was teeing off at (hole) seven, so I watched him play seven, he birdied,” Rossow said, “I watched him play eight, he birdied. I watched him play hole nine, he birdied. I watched him play hole 10, he birdied. Yes that’s four birdies in a row, I couldn’t believe it. He was playing good golf.”
Team scores - Kuemper 336; Panorama 336; Nevada 337; WCV 375; Earlham 377; South Hamilton 382; CRB 393; Audubon 405; Panorama JV 423; ACGC 470
Top 10 -- Kolby Shackelford, Panorama 66; Nate Mertz, Kuemper, 80; Jared Tigges, Kuemepr, 81; Dylan Sporrer, Nevada, 81; Trenton Golay, CRB, 83; James Carsrud, Nevada, 83; Ben Clement, Earlham, 85; Garrett Caltrider, WCV, 85; Corbin Borelli, Kuemper, 86; Caden Jones, Nevada, 86; Jacob Iseminger, Panorama, 86
Panorama scores - Kolby Shackelford 33-33-66; Jacob Iseminger 43-43-86; Dylan Douglass 48-42-90; Ryan Klinge 49-45-94; Trey Cobb 44-51-95; Wyatt Appleseth 48-50-98
Panorama JV - Fynn Block 48-50-98; Connor Powell 55-54-109; Lucas Leiferman 51-53-104; Bill Wearmouth 58-64-122; Malichi Peasley 56-56-112; Ethan Hafner 60-60-120
ACGC - McKlain Jorgensen 48-62-110; Spencer Grove 57-60-117, Eli Kading 52-67-119, Nolan Wheatley 66-70-136, Seth Danker 65-61-126, Casson Benson 57-67-124