Fairfield golfers place second at home invite
On a day when its top golfers didn’t have their best stuff, the Trojan boys’ golf team got some big contributions from the bottom of its lineup to finish second at Saturday’s Fairfield Invitational.
Alex Shier and Gabe Hull, the Trojans’ Nos. 5 and 6 golfers, respectively, turned in a pair of 80s to lead the Trojans against a field of seven other squads. Fairfield ended up with a tally of 322, well ahead of third-place finisher Keokuk (333) and fourth-place Washington (340). Centerville (315) topped the Trojans by seven shots for the tournament title.
“When your five and six players lead the way shooting 80, we are headed in the right direction with our depth,” said Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery. “It wasn’t bad shooting by our guys with scores from 80-85, but we needed a couple of guys to shoot in the mid-70s [to win the title.]”
Hull finished the day with a pair of 40s. Although the senior was 7-over on the par-3s, he made up for it going 1-under-par on par-5s.
“Gabe just continues to work hard on his game, getting better and better every meet. He has a terrific demeanor about him for golf, really staying even keel,” said Flattery. “Gabe’s driving of the golf ball was good today.”
Shier, meanwhile, opened the tournament with a 39 on the front nine before finishing with a 41 on the back. Shier, like his senior teammate, was 1-under-par on the par-5 holes.
“Alex was really struggling the last few days making good contact with his irons, and it was great to see him practicing for a long time Friday working out the kinks. His irons were his strength,” Flattery said.
Also scoring for Fairfield were junior Landon Gamrath and freshman Nick Higgins. Gamrath turned in rounds of 41 and 40, and Higgins shot a 42 and 39.
Matt Carr (82) shot a 43 on the front nine before rallying for a 39 on the back nine, and fellow junior Joe Hietpas (85) shot rounds of 42 and 43 to post Fairfield’s alternate scores.
Fairfield had seven birdies on the day. Both Higgins and Carr had two apiece.
The Trojans (28-6) will get their first look at the site of the state tournament Tuesday when they head to Ames Country Club for the Washington Invite. They will then compete at the rescheduled Oskaloosa Invite on Thursday.
1. Centerville 315, 2. Fairfield 322, 3. Keokuk 333, 4. Washington 340, 5. Oskaloosa 344, 6. Mount Pleasant 350, 7. Fort Madison 381, 8. Albia 402