Ferrell notches six birdies and an eagle, shoots 3-under 69 to win Lynx Invite

WCHS second behind Nevada at Briggs Woods Golf Course

Nathan Ferrell

The Daily Freeman-Journal

WEBSTER CITY — Nathan Ferrell now has proof that it’s possible to shoot in the 60s and still turn beet red with embarrassment during a round of golf.

The Webster City senior had it all going — long drives, crisp irons, a red-hot putter — on the hilly terrain at Briggs Woods Golf Course on Thursday, the end result being a 3-under-par 69 and five-shot victory at the Lynx Invite.

But there was one noticeable hiccup: A bogey at the short par-5 11th hole, arguably the easiest hole on the course. What happened?

“I stood on the tee and hit about the worst shot I’ve hit in three years,” he said. “I topped my drive and it didn’t even make it halfway across the pond. Truthfully, it was pretty embarrassing because my family was there watching. But that’s what golf is, it’s eliminating the bad shots and have as many good shots as possible.”

Ferrell certainly did that.

His round included six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 12th hole, not exactly a bad way to make up for the blunder one hole earlier. He started his round with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 1 and 2 and ended it with another birdie at the 18th. His card was littered with 3s, 10 of them in all.

“The first eight holes everything went right,” Ferrell said. “I was hitting it long, I drove two greens, I was hitting it close to the pins, I was hitting putts … it was great.”

Birdies at Nos. 4 and 6, followed by back-to-back pars took him to the ninth at 5-under. But a slice drive got him in trouble, the result a double-bogey 6 that forced him to make the turn at 3-under.

“I was frustrated, but I knew what holes I had coming up,” Ferrell said. “I knew I could make some birdies.”

Finishing with a birdie at 18 for a sub-70 round allowed Ferrell to forget about the select few mistakes earlier in the round.

“I wanted to birdie (18) so bad,” he said. “For a lot of the back 9 I was a little tentative looking at the hazards instead of the hole, but on 18 I looked at the hole and went for it.”

Ferrell’s blitz of the course helped to propel WCHS into second in the team standings with a 323, trailing only tournament champion Nevada (312). Clear Lake (331) was third.

Clear Lake’s Tate Storbeck (74) was the individual runner-up. Nevada’s Kyle Linder (76), Dylan Sporrer (78), Tyler Sansgaard (79) and Harold Dobernecker (79) filled the rest of the top five.

Drake Doering fired an 80 for the Lynx, while Trey Lyons and Chase Rattenborg turned in matching 87s.

Lynx sixth at Carroll

On Saturday, WCHS shot a 328 and finished sixth at the Carroll Kuemper Invite at the Carroll Country Club.

The host Knights played well at home and turned in a 305 to earn the team crown by six strokes over Spencer (311). Spirit Lake (314), Carroll (323) and Humboldt (324) rounded out the top five.

Doering and Ferrell both shot 77 to lead WCHS. On the card-back, Doering placed seventh and Ferrell was 10th.

Rattenborg (85) was 37th. Josh Casady (89) took 47th, one place in front of Lyons (90). Garrett Arnold (96) completed the Lynx roster in 60th place.

Lynx Invite

Thursday at Briggs Woods Golf Course

Team Standings

1. Nevada 312; 2. Webster City 323; 3. Clear Lake 331; 4. Iowa Falls-Alden 353; 5. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 365; 6. Ballard 381; 7. Webster City JV 389.

Individual Leaderboard

1. Nathan Ferrell (WC) 69; 2. Tate Storbeck (CL) 74; 3. Kyle Linder (NEV) 76; 4. Dylan Sporrer (NEV) 78; 5. (tie) Tyler Sansgaard (NEV) and Harold Dobernecker (NEV) 79.

Other Webster City Scores

Drake Doering 80, Trey Lyons 87, Chase Rattenborg 87, Garrett Arnold 91, Devon Stoakes 105.

Webster City JV Scores

Josh Casady 95, Trey Shannon 96, Jackson Leman 99, Jayce Abens 99, Drew Schwering 102, Daltyn Peck 112.

Carroll Kuemper Invite

Saturday at Carroll Country Club

Team Standings

1. Carroll Kuemper 305; 2. Spencer 311; 3. Spirit Lake 314; 4. Carroll 323; 5. Humboldt 324; 6. Webster City 328; 7. Atlantic 329; 8. Panorama 334; 9. Denison-Schleswig 346; 10. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 360; 11. ADM 362; 12. OA-BCIG 370; 13. Storm Lake 418.

Individual Leaderboard

1. Cole Collison (CK) 71; 2. Kolby Shackelford (PAN) 73; 3. Chase Hough (SP) 75; 4. Jackson Laven (SL) 75; 5. Matt Gearheart (ATL) 76.

Webster City Scores

7. Drake Doering 77; 10. Nathan Ferrell 77; 37. Chase Rattenborg 85; 47. Josh Casady 89; 48. Trey Lyons 90; 60. Garrett Arnold 96.

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