BOONE – The Nevada boys’ golf team learned it still has a ways to go to get back to competing for a spot in the state meet after placing sixth out of eight teams at the Class 3A sectional meet at the Cedar Pointe Golf Course in Boone.
Nevada – a state qualifier in 2010 and 2011 – was unable to get anyone to shoot under 80 over 18 holes. The Cubs – a young team with only one senior competing at sectionals – finished one stroke behind DCG’s fifth-place score and just six strokes in back of Boone, but they were 15 strokes shy of qualifying for state.
"We’re an average to an above average team, but we’re fairly young," Nevada head coach Ryan Brown said. "This is all part of the growing experience. We all knew coming in it was going to be a three-way battle between Gilbert, Ballard and Webster City. I was kind of hoping we’d put it all together today and maybe challenge for third and make it interesting, but it just wasn’t meant to be."
Brown said his players saw what elite competition looked like on Friday.
Webster City’s Avery Fuhs was the medalist with an impressive two-under par score of 70 and Ballard’s Nick Hartman took second with a 74. Gilbert’s Ben Hinners shot a 75 to place third and Webster City’s Logan Yates, Alec Fuhs and Ballard’s Sage Fitchko each shot a 76 to tie for fourth, with Yates winning a playoff between the three.
No Nevada player finished better than an 81.
"It’s good this group of younger players sees what really good looks like," Brown said. "I think we’re a little complacent with our abilities. We thought we were good, and we are, but this is what it means to be really good."
Zach Hansen, Braydon Otto and Cole Gidel each carded an 81 to lead Nevada. Hansen shot a 39 on the front nine and 42 down the back stretch and Otto and Gidel each finished with nine-hole rounds of 40 and 41.
Chris Dobernecker and Jake DeVries tied for the final counted score for Nevada. They each shot an 89 as Dobernecker turned in rounds of 45 and 44 and DeVries ended up with nine-hole scores of 44 and 45 respectively.
Brady Shill delivered rounds of 50 and 47 to card a 97 for Nevada.
Webster City won the team score with a 299. Ballard was the other team to advance to districts as the Bombers won a card-back with Gilbert after each team shot a 311.
Final team scores (18 holes): 1. Webster City 299, 2. (tie) Ballard* and Gilbert 311, 4. Boone 326, 5. DCG 331, 6. Nevada 332, 7. Iowa Falls-Alden 348, 8. Perry 360.
*Won card-back for second place
Nevada (332) – Cole Gidel 40-41-81, Chris Dobernecker 45-44-89, Jake DeVries 44-45-89, Zach Hansen 39-42-81, Brady Shill 50-47-97, Braydon Otto 40-41-81.
Individual district qualifiers: 1. Avery Fuhs (WC), 70; 2. Nick Hartman (B), 74; 3. Ben Hinners (G), 75; 4. (tie) Alec Fuhs (WC), Logan Yates (WC)* and Sage Fitchko (B), 76.
*Won playoff for fourth place