Higgins, Carr lift golf team past Washington
WASHINGTON, Iowa — Fairfield featured both the meet medalist and runner-up medalist Tuesday to topple Washington and Fort Madison at a triangular in Washington.
Freshman Nick Higgins won medalist honors following a playoff with runner-up junior teammate Matt Carr. Both Trojans shot a 38 to lead the Trojans to a 160 score, edging Washington’s 161 and finishing 27 strokes below Fort Madison’s 187.
“A really good win on Washington’s course as our two teams’ matches remain very competitive like in the past,” Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery said of the Fairfield-Washington rivalry. “Five guys under 43 is really good, and it’s great to see both [Matt and Nick] playing so well.”
Higgins earned medalist honors for the first time in his young career. After shooting the first three holes at 3-over, Higgins sank a long putt for a double bogey and finished the rest of his round at even-par.
“The double bogey putt seemed to really give Nick confidence and elevate his putting, which he had struggled a little bit with lately,” said Flattery.
Meanwhile, Flattery said Carr “really used wise club selection, and played the course very smart” to finish even-par on par-3 holes.
Also scoring for Fairfield were juniors Joe Hietpas (42) and Landon Gamrath (42). Flattery said senior Gabe Hull “drove the ball very well” to finish with a 43, and junior Alex Shier shot a 49 while attempting just 13 putts.
The Trojans were 12-over-par on par-3 holes of the difficult course.They also were 22-over-par on par 4s and 8-over on par-5 holes.
The Trojans also took the JV competition with a 90. Vince Horras shot a 44 and Jon Anderson tallied a 46 to oust Washington (109) and Fort Madison (116).
The 9-1 Trojans take on Mount Pleasant for their home opener Thursday at Fairfield Golf & Country Club. Tee time is 3 p.m.