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.