Fairfield golfers come up short at district meet
WILLIAMSBURG — Two strokes.
Two measly strokes were all that separated Fairfield from a state tournament berth as it fell back to fourth place at Friday’s district meet in Williamsburg.
The result kept the Trojans from a state bid for the first time in three years. Juniors Joe Hietpas and Matt Carr led the way with a pair of 81s as the Fairfield boys scored a 333 to fall behind host Williamsburg (316), Centerville (330) and Central DeWitt (332).
“Disappointing day for boys’ golf. The first 15 minutes of our drive home was silent as we were all disappointed. Like I told the guys, ‘I am not disappointed in you, but for you,’” said Flattery. “We shot one of our worst scores on the wrong day.”
Hietpas finished his season with a 37 on the back nine, and Carr had a 39 on the back. Both juniors had one birdie on the day.
Landon Gamrath, who ended up second on the team in season average, scored for Fairfield with an 82. Freshman Nick Higgins and junior Alex Shier also scored a pair of 89s.
Gabe Hull provided an alternate score of 104.
The disappointing day was but a blip in an otherwise great season for Fairfield boys’ golf. The Trojans racked up 41 victories and were crowned Southeast Conference champions for the first time in six years.
Still, Flattery said his golfers needed to use the day as motivation to get back to state.
“We lose Gabe but return the other five, so I am looking for bigger and better things,” Flattery said.