WEBSTER CITY - Butterflies, nerves, jitters ... you name it and Logan Yates had it as he stood over his first tee shot yesterday at Briggs Woods Golf Course.
The Webster City freshman began his prep golf career as the top stick on his team, placing him in the lead group in the Lynx North Central Conference triangular against Algona Bishop Garrigan and Fort Dodge St. Edmond.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
With his swing altered by a tree, Webster City freshman Logan Yates is forced to chip off the dirt from just off the first green at Briggs Woods Golf Course yesterday afternoon. Yates shot a 44 on the front 9 to lead the Lynx, who placed third in the North Central Conference triangular against St. Edmond and Bishop Garrigan.
Yates didn't have his 'A' game for much of the afternoon, which featured howling winds and temperatures in the low 50s, but he found a rhythm late in his round and recorded pars on his final three holes on the undulating front 9.
Yates finished with a team-best 8-over par 44, not exactly what he had in mind, but considering the circumstances and conditions, Lynx first-year head coach Dave Brighton says he'll take it.
Tuesday at Briggs Woods Golf Course
Bishop Garrigan 172, St. Edmond 180,
Webster City 204
Bishop Garrigan (172) - Billy Schlitz 38, Jess Marlow 44, Michael Berke 45, Chris Loss 45, Victor Berte 45, Eli Marlow 48.
St. Edmond (180) - Eddie Doyle 42, Mike Faiferlick 44, Ross Taets 46, Pat Champa 48, Cal Coleman 52, Jacob Doyle 56.
Webster City (204) - Logan Yates 44, Doug Stoakes 53, Brady Bergman 53, Jake Daniels 54, Brandon Carlson 56, Ben Bahrenfuss 60.
Medalist - Billy Schlitz (BG). Runner-up - Eddie Doyle (SE).
"Logan was very nervous, and he was playing with two good players (Bishop Garrigan's Billy Schlitz and St. Edmond's Eddie Doyle)," Brighton said. "But he recovered and played well at the end."
It was a struggle for the entire inexperienced WCHS roster, as the Lynx posted a 204 to finish at the tail end of standings. Bishop Garrigan fired a 172 to take top honors, eight strokes ahead of St. Edmond (180).
"A lot of our players are fairly inexperienced, so many of them had the butterflies and jitters," Brighton said. "But we have room for improvement and I feel like we'll play better on Thursday (against Hampton-Dumont)."
Schlitz navigated the difficult terrain the best with a medalist round of a 2-over 38. Doyle was the runner-up with a 42.
Yates, Garrigan's Jess Marlow and St. Edmond's Mike Faiferlick shared third place.
Doug Stoakes and Brady Bergman shot matching 53s for WCHS, and Jake Daniels (54) was just one stroke off that pace to complete the team's scoring four.
Yates found himself in trouble right off the tee on his opening hole - the par-5 first. His drive stuck on a hill to the right of the fairway, and he was forced to send his second shot down the second fairway.
His third shot left him short of the green and saddled next to a tree.
Yates took double bogey on his first two holes and was 6-over after a bogey at the par-5 fourth. But he penciled in four pars on his final five holes.
Schlitz opened with a double bogey as well, but rebounded with a birdie at the short par-4 second. He also birdied the par-5 fourth hole and registered pars on four of the final five.