RHODES – The Nevada boys’ golf team had a rough time on a tough course April 22 as the Cubs placed last at the Harvester Invitational near Rhodes.
Nevada shot a 356 over 18 holes on a Harvester course that is one of the toughest in the state. The Cubs ended up in fourth place, 24 strokes behind Ballard’s third-place score and 36 strokes in back of Gilbert’s winning score.
"If you really want to improve, you have to play your best on the best courses," Nevada head coach Ryan Brown said. "We had this opportunity (April 22) and knew the challenge was going to be on the greens. We continue to struggle out of the gate. Several of our guys threw down some big numbers on the first few holes and just couldn’t recover mentally. It was a great opportunity on a great course – I hope we learned a little about ourselves.
Zach Hansen and Braydon Otto stood out for Nevada at the Harvester by both placing in the top 10 individually.
Hansen placed seventh overall with a score of 82. Otto shot an 86 to finish 10th.
"Zach and Braydon did a great job of managing the course and their emotions," Brown said.
Jake DeVries, Chris Dobernecker and Brady Shill were the only other Cubs to shoot under 100. DeVries scored a 93, Dobernecker carded a 95 and Shill delivered a 98.
Cole Gidel and Preston Shill each finished with a 103 and Jake Miller shot a 116 for Nevada.
Creston’s Carson Whittington was the meet’s medalist with a 74. Gilbert’s Garret Jensen shot a 76 to earn runner-up honors.
Final team scores (18 holes): 1. Gilbert 320, 2. Creston 322, 3. Ballard 332, 4. Nevada 356.
Nevada (356) – Zach Hansen 82, Cole Gidel 103, Jake DeVries 93, Braydon Otto 86, Chris Dobernecker 95, Brady Shill 98, Preston Shill 103, Jake Miller 116.
STATE CENTER – Good balance helped Nevada place second at the 11-team West Marshall Invitational April 21 at the Lincoln Valley Golf Course in State Center.
Nevada had three golfers shoot an 80 or better over 18 holes. The Cubs also had two more competitors shoot under 85, finishing with a team score of 314.
Nevada trailed only South Hamilton’s 304 in the final scoring. Prairie City-Monroe took third with a 321 and Grinnell came in fourth with a 332.
"We did a much better job of paying attention to the yardage and situations," Nevada head coach Ryan Brown said. "The focus is constantly on the little things and those paid off today. South Hamilton and PCM are traditionally excellent golf programs and they are great measuring sticks for us. This goes to show what this group is capable of when they put it all together."
Zach Hansen turned in the top round for Nevada with a 74. Chris Dobernecker also shot under 80 with a 77.
Braydon Otto finished right at 80 and Jake DeVries carded an 83 as the other counted scores for Nevada. Cole Gidel (84) and Brady Shill (88) rounded out the scoring for Nevada.
Final team scores (nine holes): 1. South Hamilton 304, 2. Nevada 314, 3. PCM 321, 4. Grinnell 332, 5. East Marshall 339, 6. Perry 339, 7. Oskaloosa 345, 8. Carlisle 351, 9. Colfax-Mingo 358, 10. West Marshall 374, 11. Bondurant-Farrar 397.
Nevada (314) – Zach Hansen 74, Chris Dobernecker 77, Braydon Otto 80, Jake DeVries 83, Cole Gidel 84, Brady Shill 88.