Fairfield boys finish fifth at 18-team golf tourney
MORAVIA — The fourth-ranked Fairfield boys’ golf team had its patience tested Thursday at the Moravia Mohawk Invite, where it settled for fifth place in the 18-team field.
“The course got the best of our guys at times,” said Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery. “At times, I thought our guys were playing like it was a sprint to the finish. These invites are about patience, knowing it’s going to be a marathon and to take your time.”
Junior Landon Gamrath shot a team-low 82 for the Trojans, who scored 337 as a team and were one stroke shy of conference rival Mount Pleasant. PCM won the invite with a 308 tally, and Centerville and Des Moines Christian tied for second at 316.
Also for Fairfield, senior Gabe Hull, junior Matt Carr and freshman Nick Higgins all carded 85 rounds to complete the team score. Trojan juniors Joe Hietpas and Alex Shier rounded out the scorecard with a 90 and 95, respectively.
Flattery added the meet was a great experience for the Trojan boys.
“It was great to play this pre-sectional tournament here to familiarize ourselves with the course and where to hit to in fairways and greens,” the head man said. “We’re now into a part of our season where all we do is play 18 holes to get us ready for longer rounds and bigger courses, bigger greens. It will only make us better after today.”
Champion PCM had two of the lowest five scores. Hunter Van Veer, who is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, fired a 69 to win meet medalist honors. Teammate Justin Beemer finished fourth individually with a 76.
The Trojans (22-6) host the Fairfield Invite starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Teams planning to attend include Centerville, Oskaloosa, Albia, Mount Pleasant, Washington, Fort Madison and Keokuk.