By ANDY HEINTZ Courier sports writer
---- — CENTERVILLE — The Centerville boys golf team made history when it became the first team from the program to qualify for state since 1977.
The Big Reds will try to parlay that momentous feat into a successful showing at the Class 3A State Tournament at Ames Golf and Country Club Friday and Saturday.
Centerville’s team is spearheaded by Alex Moorman, the defending individual state champion, who claimed medalist honors at the district tournament at The Preserve Course at Lake Rathbun May 5 and the Class 3A district finals in Williamsburg last Friday.
The District tournament was dominated by Moorman, who finished seven strokes ahead of his nearest competitor — which happened to be teammate Blake Dabney — with a final score of 68 strokes. Moorman and Dabney’s performances vaulted Centerville to a first-place finish in the tourney. The Big Reds finished with 302 strokes, which proved to be 10 strokes better than second-place Fairfield. Centerville’s final score also was bolstered by Logan Dabney, who shot a 78 and finished in the top 10. Because it finished among the top two teams, Centerville advanced to the district finals in Williamsburg.
At the district finals, Moorman found himself locked into a first-place tie with Maquoketa’s Tye Thede at the end 18 holes, as both boys had carded a 72. Ultimately, however, Moorman triumphed by making a birdie on hole No. 9 to win the playoff.
Centerville also finished first at sectionals, besting second-place Pella by 11 strokes with a 308. Second- and third-place finishes by Moorman and Blake Dabney propelled the Big Reds to the first-place triumph.
Another impressive achievement by Centerville was when the boys took first at the South Central Conference meet with final score of 306. Moorman finished first overall in the conference meet, edging Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s Ben Roberts in a playoff after both boys shot a 73 after 18 holes. Blake Dabney finished right behind his teammate with a 74.
Aside from Moorman and Blake Dabney, Logan Dabney also has played well this season: He took home medalist honors at the Albia Invitationals with a 76. Other Centerville linksters include Quentin Fowler, Jacob Hargrave and Tanner Cowan.