PANORA - Gladbrook-Reinbeck's Jacob Smoldt put himself into contention to win the Class 1A boys golf championship Friday with a strong opening round at the Iowa Boys State Golf Tournament at Lake Panorama National Golf Course.
But even though Smoldt is sitting tied for fourth heading into day two, the even-keeled Rebel senior knows he just has to play his game.
"I am just going to play golf. Whatever happens, happens. I just need to go out and play my game," said Smoldt, whose is just two strokes off the pace following a first-round 84. "I am pleased. The course is hard. You get in trouble sometimes. You have to be smart and finish the holes."
Dunkerton's Jordan Kubitz will take a one-stroke lead into today's final round. Kubitz fired a 39-43 for an 82 and is in front of both New London's Tristan Kadel and Sibley-Ocheydan's Ty Hanna by one stroke. West Lyon's Brandon Snyder is currently tied with Smoldt after also carding an 84.
"Jake just has to limit his punch outs and keep the ball straight on the fairway," Gladbrook-Reinbeck coach Chad Bixby said. "His putting was excellent. He knows the greens and knows the course. To come here and shoot an 84 on your first try is pretty good."
While Smoldt will play for an individual title Saturday, the Grundy Center golf team will look for redemption after firing a 387 as a unit. The Spartans are currently eighth in the eight-team field.