POLK CITY – The Nevada boys’ golf team placed fourth out of 10 teams at the Heart of Iowa Conference meet Monday at the Tournament Club of Iowa.
Nevada shot a 347 over 18 holes on the difficult par-71 course. The Cubs’ score was 22 strokes behind Prairie City-Monroe’s third-place effort and 10 strokes ahead of Roland-Story’s fifth-place performance.
South Hamilton edged Gilbert for the team championship. The Hawks ended up with a score of 310 and the Tigers tallied a score of 312.
“I really thought we could challenge for second or make the day interesting if we put it all together, but South Hamilton and Gilbert are two very good teams loaded with talent,” Nevada head coach Ryan Brown said. “We still struggle with our mental resolve. We have to toughen up mentally and fight through adversity. Every good player has a bad hole or stretch – we need to learn how to let those go and focus on the next shot or next hole. But we still have enough of the season left to grow and mature.”
All four counted individual scores for Nevada were under 90.
Jake DeVries stepped up and had a big day as the top individual Cub golfer. DeVries shot a 41 on the front nine and a 44 on the back to score an 85 and place 15th individually.
Zach Hansen and Chris Dobernecker were close behind DeVries with respective final rounds of 86 and 87. Hansen shot a 42 on the front and 44 on the back and Dobernecker finished with rounds of 43 and 44.
Cole Gidel carded an 89 to turn in the final counted Cub score. Gidel had a 44 on the front nine and 45 on the back.
Nevada’s other two varsity competitors for the meet were Braydon Otto and Brady Shill. Otto delivered identical nine-hole rounds of 45 to finish with a 90 and Shill shot a 49 on both the front and back to card a 98.
South Hamilton’s Braxton Risetter was the individual medalist as he shot a 71 to finish right at par. PCM’s Devon Woody ended two over par with a 73 as medalist runner-up.
Final team scores (18 holes): 1. South Hamilton 310, 2. Gilbert 312, 3. PCM 325, 4. Nevada 347, 5. Roland-Story 357, 6. Saydel 369, 7. Colfax-Mingo 386, 8. North Polk 397, 9. Greene County 440, 10. CMB 444.
Nevada (347) – Jake DeVries 41-44-85, Zach Hansen 42-44-86, Chris Dobernecker 43-44-87, Cole Gidel 44-45-89, Braydon Otto 45-45-90, Brady Shill 49-49-98.
POLK CITY – Nevada just missed out on placing second in a five-team meet at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City April 29.
The Cubs shot a 167 over nine holes on a cold and windy day. That put them one stroke behind Roland-Story’s runner-up score of 166 and nine in back of South Hamilton’s winning score of 158.
“We have five or six guys that are capable of shooting in the 30s, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to put it all together in one meet,” Nevada head coach Ryan Brown said. “We are starting to show improvements in the little things like course management, but we have to find a way to collectively put it all together in one meet.”
Zach Hansen and Braydon Otto continued to lead Nevada individually. Hansen and Otto both shot a 39 at TCI to tie for the fourth-best individual score. South Hamilton’s Trevor Ullestad was the meet’s medalist with a 35 and Roland-Story’s Chase Conis was runner-up with a 36.
Cole Gidel and Jake DeVries turned in the other counted scores for Nevada. Gidel shot a 44 and DeVries carded a 45.
Final team scores (nine holes): 1. South Hamilton 158, 2. Roland-Story 166, 3. Nevada 167, 4. North Polk 181, 5. Saydel 196.
Nevada (167) – Zach Hansen 39, Cole Gidel 44, Jake DeVries 45, Braydon Otto 39, Chris Dobernecker 46, Brady Shill 48.