SPENCER - Webster City freshman Logan Yates finished in the top half of the large field at Saturday's Spencer Invitational, but not even a first-place finish by the rookie would have propelled the Lynx out of the basement.
Only two Webster City players broke 100 and the team posted a team total of 386 in the 18-hole format to finished 14th at the par-72 Spencer Country Club. The Lynx trailed 13th-place finisher LeMars (368) by 18 strokes.
"We should have shot better than we did and we're still missing some putts that we should make, but it was a good test for us to get off our own course and see what was out there," WCHS head coach Dave Brighton said. "Right now we're just trying to progress and get a little better each day."
North Central Conference power Clear Lake captured the team title with a 313. The Lions' Luke Monson carded a 74 to finish in the runner-up position on the leaderboard, a stroke behind medalist Max Brashear (73) of Estherville-Lincoln Central.
Three of Clear Lake's scorers shot in the 70s; its highest score was an 81.
Spencer Purple - the Cubs' varsity team - was second with a 327, followed by Harlan (327), Humboldt (330) and Carroll (331).
Saturday at Spencer Country Club
1. Clear Lake 313; 2. Spencer Purple 324; 3. Harlan 327; 4. Humboldt 330; 5. Carroll 331; 6. Spencer Gold 337; 7. (tie) Emmetsburg and Estherville-Lincoln Central 343; 9. Forest City 350; 10. Denison-Schleswig 352; 11. Algona 353; 12. Cherokee 361; 13. LeMars 368; 14. Webster City 386.
1. Max Brashear (E-LC) 73; 2. Luke Monson (CL) 74.
Webster City Scores
Logan Yates 80, Doug Stoakes 98, Brandon Carlson 100, Jake Daniels 108, Dylan Rose 108, Jess Miller 114.
Yates struggled on the more difficult front 9, but came to life with a 1-over 37 on the back to finish with an 80.
"Logan played very well on the back," Brighton said. "He didn't start out so well, but he got it together and finished strong."
Doug Stoakes posted a 98 for the Lynx. Brandon Carlson turned in a 100, Jake Daniels and Dylan Rose had matching rounds of 108, and Jess Miller added a 114.
Webster City will travel to the Clarmond Golf Course, near Lake Cornelia on the outskirts of Belmond, on Tuesday to face Clarion-Goldfield in a conference dual meet.
Brighton expects to insert several new faces into the varsity lineup, including freshman John Ferrell.
"We've had some kids gone on vacation and now they're working their way back in," he said.