MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — Haley Trueg was the epitome of consistency Friday afternoon.
The Muscatine senior golfer's scorecard was littered with only 4s and 5s during her round at the Mount Pleasant Invitational, which added up to a career-best day to help the Muskies to the tournament title.
Muscatine shot 364 to outdistance runner-up Grinnell by 16 strokes at Mount Pleasant Country Club, with Trueg shooting an 82 to earn medalist honors.
"All my drives were very low. They stayed very low. On a regular day that might not be very good. Since it was really windy, I just worked really well with the wind," Trueg said. "... This was my first varsity meet this year and I wanted to make my mark. My putting was good. I can't really complain."
Teammate Paige Miller finished fourth after shooting an 87, with Ellie Howard carding a 94 and Sarah Solt a 101 to round out the scoring quartet. Muscatine's Ragan Carey shot 104 and Molly Lothspeich 111.
The Muskies team score was 35 strokes better than its first 18-hole round this season.
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"As time goes on, we're going to get better and better and improve our scores. I saw really, really, really good shots today," Muscatine girls golf coach Tom Randleman said. "I was really pleased."
Trueg started strong and rode that momentum throughout her round. She finished her day with seven pars and one birdie to beat her previous high-school best round by 12 strokes.
She also nearly matched the best round she's ever shot — an 80 at last summer's Muscatine city golf tournament.
"That was kind of how it was in the city tournament this summer," Trueg said. "... I was having a wonderful time. I couldn't ask for any better."
Muscatine won't play again until the Burlington Invitational on May 1, but the Muskies will have some positive momentum to build off of.
"Extremely pleased, happy for the team. Still have some work to do," Randleman said. "We have a week off, so we'll concentrate on that to get ready for the Burlington Invite and the [Mississippi Athletic Conference tournament]."