MASON CITY — There is something about Mason City Country Club golf course which trips up Newton Senior High’s Cardinal golfers. According to NHS boys’ golf head coach Pat Riley, the Cardinals struggle in the Mason City High golf tournament every year.
That “something” rose up and dealt out a little tough luck for Cardinal No. 1 golfer Devin Shores Monday. Shores had played his way to the top of the leaderboard Monday as all the golfers dealt with extreme-heat conditions during the 18-hole event.
“Devin had the meet medalist locked up with two holes left,” Riley said. “He had a drive get away from him on No. 17 and had to take a lost ball. He ended up getting a triple bogey. He went from 1-over par to 4-over on that hole. He ended up losing the medalist spot by one stroke.”
Shores finished the day with a 76 for second place overall. A week ago at Indianola, Shores posted a 77 and finished tied for ninth.
The Cardinals put together a team score of 338 to take third. Mason City shot a 324 on its home course to win the team title and Marshalltown was second at 332. Waterloo West had a 353 for fourth followed by Fort Dodge at 375, Des Moines Lincoln at 382 and Des Moines East at 385.
“I was really impressed with Derek Damman as he continues to play very consistently. He has come a long way very quickly from his freshman to sophomore year. The hard work for him is really paying off,” Riley said.
Damman carded an 80 for the 18 holes to place fifth overall. Austin Reynolds added an 87 for the Cardinals and Bobby Dowling shot a 95. Cory Hartgers came in with a 97 and Tyler Thongvanh shot a 99.
“We have always seemed to struggle in Mason City. It is the weirdest thing but we have a down day up there every year and then will play really well at Elmwood in Marshalltown. It is almost like clockwork,” Riley said. “This is a meet that we really had a great shot to win. We just had a few kids struggle today.”
Riley said the Newton team will regroup and head to Fort Dodge next Tuesday. The Fort Dodge High Invitational starts at 10 a.m. at the Fort Dodge Country Club.