One of those days: Outside of Ferrell, Lynx struggle at home invitational

Lost ball at No. 11 costs WCHS junior shot at medalist

Webster City junior Nathan Ferrell watches his tee shot with trepidation off the par-5 12th hole at Briggs Woods Golf Course on Thursday. Ferrell birdied the hole on his way to a 75 at the Lynx Invitational. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — It looked like a pretty good shot off the tee. High, long and just a few paces off the fairway on the par-5 11th hole at Briggs Woods Golf Course.

There was just one problem: when Nathan Ferrell walked to the spot he thought his ball had landed, it was nowhere to be found. And so he searched. And searched. And searched some more.

Houdini wasn’t around, but something pulled off the disappearing ball trick to perfection.

Ferrell eventually was forced to journey back to the tee box, penalty in hand, and start again. The result was a bogey instead of a birdie and those two shots proved to be detrimental at yesterday’s Lynx Invitational

Ferrell, a Webster City junior, turned in a 3-over-par 75, just one shot behind meet medalist and 2017 Class 3A state champion Tommy Doyle of Gilbert. Ferrell settled for third after he lost a card-back to Ballard’s Nathan Hartman for the runner-up medal.

Webster City’s Trey Lyons escapes trouble on his approach shot to the par-4 16th green at Briggs Woods Golf Course yesterday. He shot a 94 at the Lynx Invite. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

So what happened to Ferrell’s ball at No. 11? He has no idea.

“I just hit my drive a little left, but not too far left,” he said. “It was wet out there, but not where I hit it, so I don’t think it plugged. I guess it could have been lost, but I just had to forget it and go out and try to save my bogey like I did.”

Composure intact, Ferrell birdied his next hole, the par-5 12th, on his way to a 37 on the tree-lined back 9.

“Overall it was a pretty good round, so I’m not too mad about what happened,” Ferrell said. “Yeah, I could have gotten those (two) strokes back, but I also made up some strokes on greens I missed.”

Ferrell, who was fourth at last spring’s state meet, played alongside Doyle on the 6,116-yard track. Doyle got his round to 1-under early on after a birdie on the par-4 sixth hole and made the turn at even-par. He remained at even and in control of the tournament until back-to-back bogeys at the par-4 17th and par-4 18th holes.

Webster City’s No. 2 player Drake Doering hits a short iron into the par-4 eighth green at Briggs Woods Golf Course during yesterday’s Lynx Invitational. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Regardless of the outcome, Ferrell enjoyed getting the chance to battle the premier player in 3A.

“It’s always fun to play with good golfers,” he said. “I try to play to their level and try to beat them. I thought I could, but he got me by one.”

WCHS and Gilbert finished at the back of the five-team field. Nevada was the only team to have two players fire in the 70’s and the Cubs carded a 316 to take the title. Clear Lake (334) was a distant second, followed by Ballard (341), WCHS (355) and Gilbert (366).

Lynx head coach Eric Dawson says he envisioned a significantly lower score from his team.

“That was not what I was after,” he said. “We’re capable of so much more and we’ve played a lot better in the past.”

Chase Rattenborg goes with an iron off a downhill lie for his second shot on the par-4 18th hole at Briggs Woods Golf Course during yesterday’s Lynx Invitational. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Dawson says his team was fine off the tee and in the fairways, but around the greens was another story.

“We’re hitting the ball well enough to score better,” he said. “A lot of our strokes were around the greens chipping and putting, but that’s stuff we can clean up.”

Chase Rattenborg, who jumped into the Lynx lineup in the No. 6 spot, followed Ferrell with a 90. Trey Lyons turned in a 94 and Austin Carpenter’s 96 rounded out the scoring.

Drake Doering added a 98 and Jackson Leman finished with a 101.

WCHS will head to the Carroll Country Club for the Kuemper Catholic Invitational on Saturday.

Jackson Leman watches his putt trickle towards the cup on the par-3 14th hole at Briggs Woods Golf Course yesterday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Lynx Invitational

Thursday at Briggs Woods Golf Course

Webster City

Team Standings

1. Nevada 316; 2. Clear Lake 334; 3. Ballard 341; 4. Webster City 355; 6. Gilbert 366.

Individual Top 5

1. Tommy Doyle (GIL) 74; 2. Nathan Hartman (BAL) 75; 3. Nathan Ferrell (WC) 75; 4. Caden Jones (NEV) 76; 5. Jackson Hamlin (CL) 78.

Other Webster City Scores

Chase Rattenborg 90, Trey Lyons 94, Austin Carpenter 96, Drake Doering 98, Jackson Leman 101.