Courier sports staff
---- — ALBIA — Several talented area boys golfers teed off in the Albia Invitational on Tuesday. In the end, it was a pair of area teams with hopes of being in the 3A State Tournament that battled for the title as Fairfield beat out Centerville and former state champion Alex Moorman for the championship.
Nick Higgins finished as the individual runner-up behind Moorman with a round of 76, leading Fairfield to a 14-shot win over the Big Reds with a team total of 317. Five of the six Trojan golfers finished with rounds of 83 or lower while Centerville counted two scores in the 90s despite Moorman earning meet medalist honors with an even par round of 72.
“Fairfield is very, very good. They are an excellent team that can place high in Class 3A,” Albia head boys golf coach Marty Hermsen said. “Centerville’s a nice squad. I don’t think they played quite as well as they are capable of.”
The Blue Demons finished third in their home invite with a team round of 337. Drew Schofield finished third individually for Albia, leading the team with a round of 77.
“Our guys played well overall,” Hermsen said. “We still have some things to work on, but the goal coming into the day was to shoot below 340. We accomplished that.”
Davis County finished fourth as a team with a round of 360 and were paced by Logan Faler’s individual round of 80. Fairfield Maharishi finished sixth with a round of 418 highlighted by Mickey DeAngelis’ round of 81.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont finished seventh as a team with a 445, led by Austin Lorenzen’s round of 96. Moravia finished eighth with a team total of 576 and were led by a 110 round from Sam Clouse.
Albia will back on the course today in a quadrangular hosted by Moravia at The Preserve Course at Rathbun Lake. Centerville will also be in action today at Davis County while Fairfield will next compete at Fort Madison next Tuesday. EBF is back on the course in Bloomfield on Monday for a South Central Conference dual.
At Albia Country Club
Team scoring — 1. Fairfield 317, 2. Centerville 331, 3. Albia 337, 4. Davis County 360, 5. Schuyler County (Mo.) 385, 6. Fairfield Maharishi 418, 7. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 445, 8. Moravia 576.
Medalist — Alex Moorman (Centerville) 72.
Runner-up — Nick Higgins (Fairfield) 76.
Albia individuals — Drew Schofield 77, Kyler Madison 81, Cy Heffron 88, Griffin Osing 91, Landon Hermsen 100, Gannon Osing 101.
Centerville individuals — Moorman 72, Blake Dabney 78, Brett Kauzlarich 90, Jake Hargrave 91, Brad Irwin 93, Colton Belloma 94.
Davis County individuals — Logan Faler 80, Chris Davidson 85, Kody Smith 94, Drew Wetterich 101, Solomon Miller 110, Matthew Wetterich 113.
EBF individuals — Austin Lorenzen 96, Logan Plate 108, Hunter Kelderman 113, Jeffrey Koebke 128.
Fairfield individuals — Higgins 76, Dillon Shelby 79, Matt Carr 80, Alex Shier 82, Joe Hietpas 83, Nathan Davidson 94.
Moravia individuals — Sam Clouse 110, Logan Perry 142, Seth Gray 148, Gavin Johnson 176.
MSAE individuals — Mickey DeAngelis 81, Nathaniel Zhu 98, Brandon Prather-Huff 115, Doha Uzesmi 124, Philip Winer 164.