Trojan golf team takes fourth place
AMES — The opposing teams weren’t the only hurdle in the Trojan boys’ way Tuesday as they played against some of the state’s best golfers at Ames Country Club.
That designation went to the wind, which wreaked havoc on the Trojans’ shots to start at the site of the state tournament. And although the Trojans rallied on the back nine, they still ended up in fourth place out of six teams. Pella won the invite with a 321, Washington (322) was right behind in second and Clear Lake (232) finished third.
“The front nine was extremely windy, affecting several shots,” said Fairfield coach Mick Flattery. “Four of our six guys played better on the back nine.
“We are still learning how to put two good rounds together on a big course. We’re okay with nine holes, but we have to learn how to score on both nines.”
Leading the way for Fairfield was junior Landon Gamrath, who was the team’s most consistent golfer with a 41 on the front nine and a 40 in the back. Juniors Matt Carr, Alex Shier and Joe Hietpas each fired a 39 on the back nine to finish with 84s and score for Fairfield.
Nick Higgins, a freshman, finished with an 86, and senior Gabe Hull carded a 93.
The Trojans, who are currently 31-9 on the season, will next attend the re-scheduled Oskaloosa Invite on Thursday.
1. Pella 321, Washington 322, 3. Clear Lake 323, 4. Fairfield 333, 5. Grinnell 337, 6. Williamsburg 344