RHODES – The Nevada boys’ golf team endured a challenging day at The Harvester Invitational Tuesday.
Competing at a premier golf course in The Harvester and having to deal with cold weather, the Cubs shot a 190 over nine holes to place last in the four-team competition. Creston won with a 170 and Gilbert and Ballard were second and third respectively after both finishing with a 177.
"This was far from our best performance," Nevada head coach Ryan Brown said. "We took a relatively inexperienced group of golfers to an extremely challenging and high-caliber golf course. I think they were a little intimidated or nervous, and it showed the first few holes. We didn’t get off to a very good start and The Harvester doesn’t provide many opportunities to recover."
But despite finishing last Brown said the meet provided a tremendous opportunity for his team.
"We were looking forward to seeing how we stacked up to Ballard and Gilbert, who will be in our sectional," Brown said. "If there was a silver lining to the day, it would be that we weren’t too far outpaced by those schools on a day we didn’t play well."
Zach Hansen had the top score for Nevada with a 10-over-par 46. Cole Gidel and Dan Ralston both shot a 47 and Cody Wiederien was the final scored Cub golfer with a 50.
Ballard’s Nash Bucher was the meet’s medalist with a 39.
Final team scores (nine holes): 1. Creston 170, 2. Gilbert 177, 3. Ballard 177, 4. Nevada 190.
Nevada (190) – Zach Hansen 46, Cole Gidel 47, Braydon Otto 53, Dan Ralston 47, Chris Dobernecker 58, Cody Wiederien 50.
STATE CENTER – Nevada braved cold weather to turn in a strong outing at the West Marshall Invitational Monday at the Lincoln Valley Golf Course.
Nevada carded a 334 over 18 holes to place fourth in a deep 12-team tournament. Prairie City-Monroe won with a 307, Grinnell and South Hamilton were second and third with respective scores of 315 and 317 and the Cubs just edged out Boone by one stroke for fourth.
"This meet was a good measuring stick for us to see where we stack up to teams that we will see in sectionals and districts," Nevada head coach Ryan Brown said. "I was pleased with the fourth-place finish, but I know we left a lot out on the course. We need to do a better job of leaving the ball below the hole to give ourselves a better chance to score. I think we got off to a slow start in the wind, sleet and cold weather, but I was proud of our guys’ ability to grind through and adjust to the conditions."
Zach Hansen shot nine-hole rounds of 41 and 38 to finish ninth overall with a 79. Colynn Black recorded an 82 to place 16th and Cole Gidel also placed in the top 20 for Nevada with a 19th-place score of 83.
Dan Ralston carded a 90 as the final scored golfer for Nevada.
PCM’s Hunter Van Veen was the meet’s medalist after winning a playoff with Grinnell’s Zach McGriff. Both golfers shot a 72 on the day.
Final team scores (18 holes): 1. PCM 307, 2. Grinnell 315, 3. South Hamilton 317, 4. Nevada 334, 5. Boone 335, 6. Norwalk 341, 7. Oskaloosa 341, 8. Pella Christian 343, 9. Colfax-Mingo 348, 10. Bondurant-Farrar 352, 11. Perry 361, 12. West Marshall 370, 13. East Marshall 376.
Nevada (334) – Zach Hansen 41-38-79, Colynn Black 42-40-82, Cole Gidel 43-40-83, Dan Ralston 43-47-90, Braydon Otto 45-48-93, Brady Shill 49-51-100.