The Fairfield boys golf squad hosted Washington and Keokuk during Saturday?s hot and windy conditions, finishing second to the Demons by 37 strokes with a team score of 189.
Head Coach Mick Flattery was happy to see three of his players shoot in the 40s. The Trojans were led by Jackson Weaton?s two par and a birdie 43, followed by Aaron Haines three-par 47 and Josh Brewington?s single-par 49. Brad Smithburg, Jeremy Crile and Drake Rippey all also had one par on their ways to shooting 50, 51 and 53, respectively.
Tuesday night at the Burlington Invite, Van Buren tied with Mt. Pleasant with a 344, but still finished fourth out of the five Southeast Iowa Super Conference teams that used their final day of prep before the conference meet to get some competitive strokes in.
318 Central Lee
333 Winfield-Mt. Union
344 Van Buren
414 Fort Madison
The Trojans medalist was Jackson Weaton once again, with the junior swiss army knife of an athlete shooting 90. Jeremy Crile slid up the ranks a bit with a second-best-on-the-team 94, just ahead of Brewington?s 95 and Smithburg?s 97. Senior Aaron Haines shot 100 even while Drake Rippey finished with 102.
Next for the Trojans is the Chariton Invite on Thursday.
Saturday, the Warriors finished third of four in their home meet, shooting 331 as a team with Central Lee scoring a 308 and Notre Dame a 326.
Luke Baker was the low man with a 78, followed by Jacob Plecker?s 82, Clayton Bruckman?s 85, Jonah Heckenberg?s 86 and the two 87s from Austin Giberson and Tommy Laughlin.
Head Coach Tony Vandergriff said, ?The team was very consistent, right where they need to be for 18 holes.? He added, ?Baker has improved confidence and knows thats where he needs to be for us individually.?
Tuesday at Burlington
Vandergriff reiterated that Burlington has a much tougher course than Keosauqua and admitted that the Warriors struggled a bit with the fast greens. As a team they putted poorly on the first nine holes before tighting up and improving on the second nine holes, which for many of the guys, was the front-nine of the course.
Luke Baker continued to hit the ball well and shot a 79. Heckenberg came back from a 50 on the front to shoot a 38 over the last nine for an 88. The freshman Bruckman also scored an 88, followed by Plecker?s 89, Giberson?s 90 and Laughlin?s 96.
Next for Van Buren is the SEISC tournament, where Vandergriff believes his team can finish anywhere from second to fifth, depending on his teams? play and the weather.
?Whoever handles the weather is going to have a huge advantage,? said the Warrior skipper. ?For us, we also need to get off to a fast start.?