By KYLE OCKER CNHI/Daily Iowegian
---- — WILLIAMSBURG — A Centerville Big Reds golf team hasn’t been present at the state golf meet since 1977. That streak ends in 2013, as the Centerville Big Reds carded 330 to place third in the district tournament on Friday. Since host school Williamsburg won the meet, 316 strokes, the top-three teams from the district advance instead of the top-two.
Last year, the Big Reds finished third at the district golf meet, missing the cutoff to qualify a team to the state tournament by one stroke.
“It wasn’t the fact that anyone beat us it was the fact that we just imploded,” Centerville head coach Mike Carney said. “But, you know, the important thing is we advanced. Next Friday, we start with a clean slate. I really thought that today was a bigger hurdle than the state meet. We had that thing hanging over our head from last year from Adel and these kids have posted such great scores over the last two years. This is by the far the worst score we’ve shot this season, and to still be able to advance says a lot. We just got to get this whipped from the memory banks and go up [to Ames] play good golf this weekend.
“We’re excited to go. I’m so happy for Logan and Quentin. They’re probably two of the best kids I’ve had the privilege of coaching since I’ve been in Centerville. They’re really great kids.”
Centerville’s Alex Moorman and Maquoketa’s Ty Thede were tied at the end of 18 holes at 72 strokes each. Moorman would birdie hole number 9 to win the playoff and pickup medalist honors.
Rounding out the top-four scores for the Centerville Big Reds was Logan Dabney with 84, Quentin Fowler with 85 and Blake Dabney with 89. Centerville’s Jacob Hargrave carded 96 on the day while Tanner Cowan shot a score of 114.
Orv Salmon was the coach in 1977 when the Centerville Big Reds last advanced a team to state. The Big Reds won sectionals that year then placed second at districts with a score of 322.
Kent Dinsdale, who was then a freshman for the Big Reds, was the leading shooter at the district meet that year, carding 74. Centerville’s Larry Heffron, Doug Griggs, Mike Morris, and Jeff Underwood also contributed to the state qualifying effort that year.
The highest a Big Reds team has ever finished at a state meet was in 1964, when the team tied with Muscatine and was the runner-up team after losing a three-hole playoff.
Last year, Moorman, a freshman then, advanced to the state meet as an individual — winning the Class 3-A boys title. The Iowa High School Athletic Association calls him the first freshman to not only medal at the state meet, but the first to win the state title (the state didn’t keep track of the grades of state champions until a few years ago).
Moorman returns as a sophomore this year looking to defend his individual title.
Decorah was the Class 3-A boys team champion last year.
Fairfield, who finished as the runner-up with Centerville last week at the first round of district golf last week at The Perserve Course at Lake Rathbun, failed to qualify on Friday at Williamsburg. Also failing to qualify for the Class 1A boys state golf meet as individuals on Friday were Moravia’s Levi Hawk and Fairfield Maharishi’s Mickey DeAngelis.