Trojan golfers compete against bestBoys, girls both endure tough day
The Fairfield High School golf teams had to tangle with some of the best teams in the state Tuesday.
The Fairfield boys finished fifth out of six teams at the Washington Invite, which was played at the Ames Golf & Country Club. Each of the five teams the Trojans played against are ranked in the top 15 of Class 3A. No. 1 Decorah won the tournament with 316 strokes, which was just one ahead of No. 3 ranked Pella. No. 11 Williamsburg finished fourth and No. 14 ranked Washington rounded out the field in sixth.
“Tough day for the Trojans,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “The course definitely won today. We had a tough time adjusting to the extremely windy conditions.”
Alex Shier was not part of the lineup Tuesday because of an illness, which took away one of Fairfield’s most productive golfers. The Trojans managed seven birdies on the day, all of which were on the back nine.
Nick Higgins and Landon Gamrath both shot an 80 and knocked in two birdies. Matt Carr also had two birdies and shot an 85. Joe Hietpas (90), Nathan Davidson (102) and Dillon Shelby (107) comprised the rest of the varsity lineup.
To get another crack at the Ames Golf & Country Club, the Trojans would need to make it to the state tournament.
“I certainly believe that if we earn the opportunity to make it back we [would] have a lot of motivation to play better,” Flattery said.
The No. 2 ranked Trojans are now 42-6 on the season and will be at Washington in a triangular Thursday against the Demons and Keokuk.
The Mt. Pleasant Panthers, who are thought of as the favorite to win the Southeast Conference this season, defeated Fairfield 186-231 Tuesday at the Fairfield Golf & Country Club.
“We have started to play pretty well lately, but we have not had a break to calm down and just take some time to practice,” Fairfield girls’ coach Joe Kruzich said. “I think that caught up to us today.”
Courtney Mabeus of Mt. Pleasant was the meet medalist, shooting a 41. Her teammate Bri Holtkamp earned a 47 on the afternoon.
“I know Courtney Mabeus really likes playing here and her score today showed why,” Kruzich said. “She’s a very good player and when she’s playing like she did, she’ll be very hard to contend with.”
Lindsey Repp, who shot a 53, led Fairfield on the day. Olivia Hammel and Abby Adam were not far behind, both shooting a 59. Madelyn Swan (60), Kylee Marlay (71) and Brooke Stever (79) composed the rest of Fairfield’s lineup.
Fairfield will play Thursday in the Ottumwa Invitational.