CLEAR LAKE - A fourth-place finish at the North Central Conference tournament is a vast improvement from recent years, and yet the Webster City boys' golf team still wasn't satisfied yesterday at the All Vets Club.
The Lynx posted a team total of 327 - Humboldt shot the same score, but finished behind WCHS on the fifth individual score - to finish behind team champion Clear Lake (319), runner-up Fort Dodge St. Edmond (319) and Clarion-Goldfield (320).
"From where the program has been, we've made steady progress," WCHS head coach Dave Brighton said. "But I would have liked to finish higher because our kids could have played better. The kids were disappointed because they know they could have played better."
Humboldt's Colton Schnetzer won a three-hole playoff over Clear Lake's Shawn Snelling and Clarion-Goldfield's Chris Staudt for the individual crown; all three shot rounds of 77.
John Ferrell set the pace for WCHS with a 79. Alec Fuhs was next with an 82, while twin brother Avery Fuhs and Logan Yates both shot 83. Sean Vogelbacher's 86 was the tiebreaking score needed to vault in front of Humboldt.
"None of our kids had ever seen the course before," Brighton said. "So it's an acceptable score, but we want to play better and we know we can play better."
At All Vets Club
1. Clear Lake* 319; 2. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 319; 3. Clarion-Goldfield 320; 4. Webster City* 327; 5. Humboldt 327; 6. Algona Bishop Garrigan 335; 7. Hampton-Dumont 338; 8. Iowa Falls-Alden 339; 9. Eagle Grove 353; 10. Algona 366.
Individual Top 5
1. Colton Schnetzer** 77; 2. Shawn Snelling (CL) 77; 3. Chris Staudt (C-G) 77; 4. Michael Faiferlick (SE) 78; 5. Eddie Doyle (SE) 78.
Webster City Scores
John Ferrell 79, Alec Fuhs 82, Avery Fuhs 83, Logan Yates 83, Sean Vogelbacher 86, Doug Stoakes 93.
*Won tiebreaker via 5th score.
**Won 3-hole playoff
WCHS also came home with an unusual 164-165 dual-meet victory over St. Edmond. The two teams used their first nine holes played to close out their dual season.
WCHS will host the Lynx Invitational today at Briggs Woods Golf Course, beginning at 3 p.m. The loaded field includes defending Class 3A state champion Decorah, as well as Clear Lake and Humboldt, who were second and third at the 3A state tournament last spring.
South Hamilton, the reigning Heart of Iowa Conference champion, will also be in the field. The Hawks are arguably the hottest team in 2A.