ANKENY – Fernanda Valdes claimed fourth place to lead the Waldorf College women's golf team to a third-place finish in the Iowa Central Spring Invitational.
Valdes carded a 36-hole total of 172 strokes while wrapping up the two-day tournament at Otter Creek Golf Course on Friday. The freshman from Morelia, Mexico fired rounds of 83 and 89 en route to the eighth straight top-10 finish of her career.
"She keeps her streak alive," Waldorf coach Mark Clouse said. "It wasn't her best outing, but it's still good to see her playing consistent golf."
The Warriors put together a 365-team total on the opening day and shot a 386 while competing in less than favorable weather on Friday.
"It was very difficult with cold and blustery conditions," Clouse said. "They held it together pretty well."
Waldorf freshman Hannah Ohm secured 12th place, shooting a 189 behind rounds of 96 and 93.
Freshman Kailee Ward took 14th for the Warriors with a 194 on rounds of 94 and 100.
Waldorf's final score came courtesy of freshman Trinity Hill, who tied for 16th with a 196. Ward shot rounds of 92 and 104.
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) captured the team title with 685 strokes.
Iowa Central Community College (723) locked up second place, Waldorf (751) earned third while North Iowa Area Community College (765) and Iowa Lakes Community College (799) completed the team standings
Iowa Central's Julie Laisney won the tournament, firing a 156-stroke total to top DMACC's Ashley Dumler by seven strokes.
Despite being a young team with four freshmen, the Warriors are showing positive signs this season.
"They're doing well," Clouse said. "I see improvement each meet."
Waldorf competes in Monday's Tiger Classic at Fort Madison at 11 a.m.
The Warriors take on Iowa Wesleyan College in match play on Tuesday at Fort Madison, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Coming off a solid showing in the Iowa Central Spring Invitational, Waldorf looks to contend in each competition moving forward.
"They were very consistent as a team, so we're excited to see what happens in the next event," Clouse said.