PELLA - The undoubted winner of the Class 3A boys' district golf meet held here on Friday was the course itself.
Bos Landen Golf Club chewed up and then spit out the field, Webster City included, during a marathon day of high scores and long searches for lost balls in the woods.
But Lynx freshman Alec Fuhs gladly took the punishment - he endured his own frustrations with four lost balls - because the payout was so sweet.
DFJ file photo by Troy Banning
Alec Fuhs is the only freshman to individually qualify for the Class 3A boys’ state golf meet. He will play at the Ames Golf and Country Club on Friday and Saturday.
Fuhs shot an 84 on the par-72 layout and that was good enough to tie for third and qualify as an individual for the state meet later this week at the Ames Golf and Country Club.
Fuhs was the only freshman in the class to advance as an individual. He will be the first Lynx player to compete at state since the team qualified in 2003.
"This is huge for Alec," WCHS head coach Dave Brighton said. "When he was introduced afterwards they made special mention that he's a freshman. That's pretty special."
CLASS 3A DISTRICT MEET
At Bos Landen Golf Club
1. Grinnell 350; 2. Ballard 350; 3. ADM Adel 353; 4. Webster City 359; 5. Norwalk 365.
Individual Top 4
1. Corey Elliott (Pella) 81; 2. Brody Boster (ADM) 84; 2. Wade Mawe (Grinnell) 83; 3. (tie) Alec Fuhs (Webster City), Brody Boston (ADM), Colynn Black (Nevada) 84.
Webster City Scores
Alec Fuhs 84, Avery Fuhs 89, Logan Yates 93, John Ferrell 93, Doug Stoakes 97, Sean Vogelbacher 100.
Note: Top 2 teams and top 4 individuals qualified for the state meet at the Ames Golf and Country Club in Ames.
But Fuhs was forced to temper his excitement because of the disappointment all over the faces of his teammates. The Lynx posted a 359 to finish fourth in the team standings.
"I know Alec was excited for himself but disappointed for his teammates because he's a team player first," Brighton said. "The kids were very disappointed. We stopped in Ankeny to eat on the way home and nobody said a word between Pella and Ankeny."
It was a constant struggle to find the tight fairways for the Lynx, and even when they did it still wasn't a walk in the park.
"I think it's one of the most difficult courses in the Midwest," Brighton said. "If you're not straight and in the fairways, you're going to have big problems."
Avery Fuhs was the only other WCHS player to break 90; he finished with an 89.
Logan Yates and John Ferrell both shot 93s.
Yates, the team's No. 1, started off his round in ominous fashion. His opening tee shot hit a cart path, volleyed high into the air and out of bounds.
"Logan just wasn't able to recover," Brighton said.
Still, with a roster full of underclassmen, Brighton says the Lynx will grow from the experience.
"We played somewhat like a young team, but we'll learn from it and get better from it," he said. "We'll be back."
Grinnell (350) and Ballard (350) claimed the two state-qualifying spots. Pella's Corey Elliott (81) was the medalist.