Muscatine golf coach Scott Schultz warned his team that Pleasant Valley would be hungry to win the cup for the first time in the short history of the teams' annual Ryder Cup style match.
The first three years read "MHS" on the cup, but after Wednesday, the fourth will read "PV" as Pleasant Valley defeated Muscatine 54.5-53.5 on Muscatine's senior day at Geneva.
"I'm disappointed that we lost, but I'm more disappointed for the boys," Schultz said. "It came down to the last group and the last putt. The guys were disappointed for sure."
That last putt was a potential birdie for the win for Miles Utley from about 10 feet away. But the put lipped out, and for the first time in the brief four-year match history it will be Pleasant Valley, not Muscatine holding the cup for the next year.
Like the Ryder Cup, the match was four-ball golf with the best team score from each hole counting against the opposing team.
The Muscatine pairings were as follows: Bryce Howard and Chris Kenefick, Joshua Hutton and Lex Hahn, JT Manjoine and James Solt, Miles Utley and Dylan Bishop, Brigg Burback and Nate Diercks, and Kyle Tomlin and Justin Moeller.
The teams of Howard/Kenefick, Hutton/Hahn and Burback/Diercks each lost to Pleasant Valley 11-7. Meanwhile, the pairings of Manjoine/Solt and Tomlin/Moeller both won 11-7, while Utley and Bishop won 10.5-7.5.
"The teams were really well balanced," Schultz said. "All in all it's supposed to be a fun round, a little less stressful than a normal round."
However, now the Muskies look forward to what will be by far their most stressful round of the season Tuesday when they head to the District Meet at Cedar Rapids.
"We just have to perform Tuesday like we know how," Schultz said. "I believe i them, now they just have to believe in themselves as much as I believe in them"