WEBSTER CITY - The scores came down a notch, but still not enough to get the Webster City boys' golf team over the hump in its second meet of the season yesterday afternoon.
After posting a 204 in their debut on Tuesday, the Lynx fired a 198 on the 3,175-yard front 9 at Briggs Woods Golf Course, but Hampton-Dumont was more consistent as the Bulldogs put up a 175 to win the North Central Conference dual meet.
"We played better, but we're still not where our potential is," WCHS head coach Dave Brighton said. "I feel good about the way the kids are starting to come around, and for a lot of them now it's just a mental game. They have the ability to score better and as we gain experience we'll get better and our scores will come down."
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Ben Bahrenfuss grimaces after hitting his second shot from the rough at the par-5 first hole at Briggs Woods Golf Course yesterday. He shot a 55 for the Lynx.
Freshman Logan Yates shared the top spot on the leaderboard with Hampton-Dumont's Nic Vetter, as the two No. 1 players for their respective squads shot rounds of 43.
After getting off to a rocky start in his first meet, Yates was much more composed at the outset of yesterday's round. He rattled off consecutive pars on the par-5 first, the par-4 second, the par-3 third, and the par-5 fourth.
Yates was at 4-over following a par on No. 8 - another par 4 - but the tricky par-4 ninth gave him fits, as he stumbled in with a triple-bogey 7.
Thursday at Briggs Woods Golf Course
Hampton-Dumont 175, Webster City 198
Hampton-Dumont (175) - Nic Vetter 43, Mitch Vetter 44, Trevor Eiklenborg 44, Caleb Haynes 44, James Perez 45, Kyle Kent 48.
Webster City (198) - Logan Yates 43, Doug Stoakes 48, Brady Bergman 53, Dylan Rose 54, Brandon Carlson 55, Ben Bahrenfuss 55.
Co-medalists - Yates (WC) and N. Vetter (H-D).
"Logan knows it's a mental game and that's where he has to improve, but we was better (last night)," Brighton said. "He missed a couple of easy putts that he should have made at No. 6 and No. 9."
Doug Stoakes, playing alongside Yates at the No. 2 position, posted a 48. His round featured back-to-back pars at Nos. 1 and 2.
Brady Bergman added a 53 out of the No. 6 position, and Dylan Rose - making his varsity debut - contributed a 54.
Hampton-Dumont received sub-50 rounds from all six of its competitors.
WCHS will travel away from its home course for the first time on Saturday when it will take part in the Spencer Invitational at the Spencer Country Club. Tee time is set for 8:30 a.m.