Nevada boys dominate at TCI

Story and photos by Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Nevada boys dominate at TCI

POLK CITY — The Nevada boys’ golf team pushed a powerful Gilbert squad hard, taking second at the Heart of Iowa Conference meet Tuesday at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City.

Nevada finished just eight strokes behind the Tigers over 18 holes on one of the premier courses in Iowa. The Cubs scored a 312 to Gilbert’s 304.

“Pretty solid day turned in by our guys,” Nevada head coach Ryan Brown said. “We knew Gilbert would be tough to beat. We gave it a good run.”

Three Cub golfers made all-conference. Braydon Otto, Cole Gidel and Cameron Shill placed third, fourth and fifth respectively in the individual scoring behind Gilbert’s Garret Jensen and Tommy Doyle.

Otto shot a four-over par 75 with rounds of 37 and 38. Gidel shot a 36 and a 40 to score a 76 and Shill picked up a 77 with a 41 on the front and an impressive 36 on the back. Dylan Sporrer turned in the final counted score for Nevada with an 84 after nine-hole scores of 39 and 45.

Jake DeVries added an 89 and Preston Shill had a 91 as the other competing golfers for Nevada.

Brown hopes his team can continue its momentum from the HOIC meet and a win at TCI one week earlier over the next week, as postseason play is set to begin shortly.

“It’s going to be a pretty intense seven days,” Brown said. “The Roland-Story Invite on Thursday, Grinnell Invite on Monday, Webster City Invite (next) Tuesday and the true test (next) Thursday at sectionals. I still think we have our best golf ahead of us.”

Jensen won medalist at the HOIC meet by shooting one-under par as he recorded a 70. Doyle finished with a 73.

Final team scores (18 holes): 1. Gilbert 304, 2. Nevada 312, 3. PCM 345, 4. Roland-Story 349, 5. South Hamilton 349, 6. Saydel 352, 7. Greene County 359, 8. North Polk 380, 9. CMB 438.

Nevada (312) - Braydon Otto 37-38-75, Cole Gidel 36-40-76, Cameron Shill 41-36-77, Dylan Sporrer 39-45-84, Jake DeVries 41-48-89, Preston Shill 45-46-91.

POLK CITY — Nevada cruised to a team championship at a five-team meet at the Tournament Club of Iowa April 26 in Polk City.

The Cubs shot a 151 over nine holes to beat Roland-Story by 15 strokes for the victory. South Hamilton took third with a 170, Saydel placed fourth with a 181 and North Polk was fifth with a score of 202.

Nevada’s Braydon Otto and Cole Gidel were the meet’s medalist and medalist runner-up. Otto shot a three-over par score of 38 and Gidel carded a 39.

Jake DeVries and Dylan Sporrer also turned in counted scores for Nevada. They were right behind Otto and Gidel with respective rounds of 40 and 41.

Cameron Shill shot a 43 and Preston Shill finished with a 44 as the other varsity golfers for Nevada.

Final team scores: 1. Nevada 151, 2. Roland-Story 166, 3. South Hamilton 170, 4. Saydel 181, 5. North Polk 202.

Nevada (151) - Cole Gidel 39, Jake DeVries 40, Braydon Otto 38, Cameron Shill 43, Preston Shill 44, Dylan Sporrer 41.