MORAVIA — The Nevada boys’ golf team received a small wakeup call at the Mohawk Mega Invitational April 25 at The Preserve course on Lake Rathbun.
Nevada entered the meet having defeated every previous team it had faced, The Cubs still finished high in the team standings at Moravia, but they were unable to come out on top.
On a day where the weather was unpredictable, with strong winds and rain coming in at different points, Nevada shot a 323 to place third out of 20 teams. Pella won with a 318 and Des Moines Christian was second with a 321.
“Unfortunately, we did not manage the weather or the course as well as we should have,” Nevada head boys’ golf coach Ryan Brown said. “It was good to get humbled. A reminder that there are other really good teams out there. We need to reclaim our identity (and) our mental focus. Put the ball in a playable situations — it is not about hitting it far and trying the shape the ball flight. Put the ball in the short grass in safe and manageable locations that give us the best opportunity to strike the ball cleanly into a green.”
The Cubs still produced a standout individual performance. Tyler Sansgaard was medalist runner-up with a 75.
Sansgaard turned in nine-hole scores of 37 and 38. Knoxville’s Tyler Vaske dominated the meet individually, shooting a 70 to claim medalist honors.
Dylan Sporrer and Caden Jones both carded an 82 for Nevada. Sporrer turned in nine-hole scores of 42 and 40 and Jones produced two rounds of 41.
Kyler Linder turned in the final counted Cub score with an 84. Linder had nine-hole rounds of 41 and 43.
Harold Dobernecker just missed the scoring cut for Nevada. Dobernecker carded an 86 with rounds of 42 and 44.
Final team scores (18 holes)
1. Pella 318, 2. Des Moines Christian 321, 3. Nevada 323, 4. Mount Pleasant 342, 5. (tie) Oskaloosa and Van Buren 350, 7. PCM 351, 8. Centerville 352, 9. Knoxville 354, 10. Mount Ayr 358, 11. Albia 360, 12. Moravia 371, 13. (tie) Chariton and Clarke 385, 15. Fairfield 386, 16. Davis County 387, 17. Pleasantville 391, 18. Wayne 416, 19. Central Decatur 428, 20. East Union 465.
Nevada (323) — Tyler Sansgaard 37-38-75, Dylan Sporrer 42-40-82, Kyle Linder 41-43-84, Caden Jones 41-41-82, Harold Dobernecker 42-44-86.
OSKALOOSA — Nevada turned in another impressive 18-hole performance April 23 by winning the Oskaloosa Invitational at the Edmundson Golf Course in Oskaloosa.
Playing in a loaded 12-team field, Nevada shot under 300 for the second meet in a row, despite playing on an unfamiliar course. The Cubs scored a 298 to beat Pella by six strokes for first.
“This was uncharted territory for us,” Nevada head boys’ golf coach Ryan Brown said. “We have never made this trip and competed on this track. Thankfully, Ben Sansgaard and several players spent Easter Sunday playing a practice round and putting together a scouting report. They did a good job of staying within themselves, putting the ball in the fairway and managing the very firm greens.”
Brown said his players did a great job adjusting to the fast greens on the course.
“The greens just wouldn’t hold an approach shot, but the (guys) made a good mid-round adjustment, playing to the front of the green and letting the ball carry on,” Brown said. “The greens were ridiculously fast and putts were just racing past the hole. Normally we talk about a good miss being six inches beyond the hole. We had to adjust our approach on the green and treat the hole like it was a two foot circle and putt.”
Tyler Sansgaard, Caden Jones and Dylan Sporrer all placed in the top 10 individually for Nevada.
Sansgaard took fourth overall with a score of 73. He had nine-hole rounds of 37 and 36.
Jones placed fifth with a 74 after shooting two rounds of 37. Sporrer shot a 37 out and a 38 in to place fifth overall with a 75.
Kyle Linder placed 12th and Harold Dobernecker 13th after they each shot a 76 with two rounds of 38 apiece.. Linder’s score was the last one to officially count in the team scoring for Nevada.
James Carsrud also competed for the Cubs. Carsrud shot a 43 out and 41 in to score an 84.
Pella’s Will Simpson was the meet medalist with a 72. Mount Pleasant’s Trace White and Austin Hafner each carded a 73 to place just ahead of Sansgaard in second and third respectively.
Final team scores (18 holes)
1. Nevada 298, 2. Pella 304, 3. Mount Pleasant 311, 4. Norwalk 320, 5. Oskaloosa 327, 6. Winterset 328, 7. Washington 333, 8. Grinnell 337, 9. Williamsburg 340, 10. Newton 342, 11. West Burlington Notre Dame 348 12. Fort Madison 362, 13. Pella Christian 374, 14. Fairfield 374, 15. North Mahaska 458.
Nevada (298) — Tyler Sansgaard 37-36-73, Dylan Sporrer 37-38-75, Kyle Linder 38-38-76, Caden Jones 37-37-74, Harold Dobernecker 38-38-76, James Carsrud 43-41-84.