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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 20, 2014

Trojans capture sectional title

Fairfield wins by nine strokes
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | May 19, 2014
Courtesy of: Mick Flattery The Trojans stand by the scoreboard after winning at The Preserve on Lake Rathbun Saturday in Moravia. The team is, from left, Matt Carr, Landon Gamrath, Joe Hietpas, Alex Shier, Nick Higgins, Dillon Shelby and coach Mick Flattery.

The Fairfield boys’ golf team will get the chance to move on to districts after winning sectionals Friday at The Preserve on Lake Rathbun in Moravia.

The Trojans finished second at sectionals last season to Centerville, but this time around the roles were reversed. Fairfield’s final tally consisted of 303 strokes, and the team only needed 142 strokes to make it through the front nine. Four Trojans shot in the 70s.

Second place Centerville shot a 312 (last year Centerville won 302-312 over Fairfield) and Oskaloosa scored a 336. Mt. Pleasant, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Davis County and Chariton completed the sectional tournament field.

“Any time you have four guys in the 70s that’s usually a good thing for the team,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “And it’s that time of year that the teams wanting to keep advancing usually need at least four in the 70s.”

Nick Higgins led the Trojans by shooting a 73 (par is 72). Higgins challenged the other No.1 golfers, such as Kiley Miller of Mt. Pleasant and Centerville’s Alex Moorman, the entire afternoon. The four birdies Higgins made is evidence that his putting game was at its highest level.

Matt Carr shot a 74 and knocked in five of Fairfield’s 10 birdies. Alex Shier scored a 77 and drilled one birdie. Joe Hietpas got a 79, Landon Gamrath shot an 83, and Dillon Shelby carded an 89.

Higgins, Carr, Shier and Hietpas each improved their scores from last year’s sectionals with another year of experience behind them.

The Trojans (58-10) will compete again at regionals at Stone Creek Golf Course in Williamsburg on Friday. Williamsburg, Central Dewitt and Centerville will join them. The top two teams will advance to state, unless Williamsburg is one of those at the top. Then three teams will advance because of Williamsburg’s home golf course advantage.

This was the case at districts last season, when the same four teams competed. Fairfield finished fourth but was just two strokes away from a state tournament berth.

 

Team, Team Score

Fairfield 303

Centerville 312

Oskaloosa 336

Mt. Pleasant 340

Fort Madison 348

Keokuk 350

Davis County 385

Chariton 387

 

Fairfield Scores

Nick Higgins 73 (35-38), Matt Carr 74(34-40), Alex Shier 77 (35-42), Joe Hietpas 79 (38-41), Landon Gamrath 83 (41-42), Dillon Shelby 89 (46-43)

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