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Fairfield wins in Moravia by three
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | May 02, 2014

Nine birdies and three players shooting in the 70s gave the Fairfield boys’ golf team the title Thursday at the Mohawk Invitational, which was played at The Preserve Resort at Rathbun Lake in Moravia.

The No. 2 ranked Trojans battled 17 other teams, while also braving the damp grass and cold wind coming off Rathbun Lake. Fairfield finished with 313 strokes, which was just three ahead of Centerville and six ahead of Des Moines Christian. PCM (332) and Knoxville (337) rounded out the top five finishers.

“I’m really proud of how [the players] rallied back, quickly, after not playing our best at Oskaloosa,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “Having three guys shoot in the 70s is pretty good on a day like this.”

Nick Higgins shot a 73 and earned third place on the day. Higgins nailed two birdies on the back nine which gave him a second round score of 34.

“Nick hit the ball well all day,” Flattery said. “He [barely] missed several birdie chances.”

After shooting a 90 on Tuesday, Dillon Shelby batted back and shot a 78. Senior Alex Shier was right on Shelby’s heels, coming in with a 79. Both players knocked in two birdies.

Two other Trojans had quality scores after encountering some tough luck. Matt Carr shot an 83 (42+41) and had to keep his composure after dealing with some unlucky bounces. Landon Gamrath bounced back after a shaky first round 47 and shot a 37 in the next round.

“I’m proud of how Landon battled back mentally,” Flattery said.

Joe Hietpas rounded out the varsity squad with an 86 (43+43). Hietpas’ wedge play was solid all day and he knocked in one birdie.

The Trojans are now 33-2 on the season. The weekend will test them. A trip to Southeast Conference rival Mt. Pleasant is in the cards today, and then they will host the Fairfield Invitational Saturday morning.



The Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment boys’ golf team took 17th place in Moravia.

The Pioneers only had three golfers at the meet. Mickey DeAngelis placed 12th overall with an 83 (43+40). Doga Ozesmi shot a 120 (62+58) and Anthony Zhou, a relative newcomer to the game of golf, shot a 136 (69+67).

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