The Fort Dodge men’s golf team may not feel like they’re making enough progress.
First-year head coach Nick Vinson would disagree.
The Dodgers placed 12th in their 16-team Joselyn Invitational Tuesday at Fort Dodge Country Club. It might not look too impressive at first glance, but the improvement in shots over the past two weeks and the overall talent on the court tell a different story.
“I thought we had a relatively solid day” Vinson said. “We are taking the steps forward that we need to be at this stage of the season. Two weeks ago (when FDSH hosted the Iowa Alliance conference meeting at FDCC), we fired nearly 30 more shots than (yesterday).
“I realize 12th doesn’t look like anything special at first glance, but there were probably six or seven state tournament caliber teams in that area. When you consider that and our overall improvement (in terms of score), I think we can come away feeling satisfied with our performance.
Senior Riley Travis carded a 40-40–80 to beat the Dodgers, who shot 345 as a team. Travis recorded 10 pars and a birdie, but also had three double bogeys.
“Riley was having a little trouble with his irons,” Vinson said. “In this sport, however, sometimes you have to fight your way through a heat. He did that. He could have let some of the tougher holes get the better of him, but he was able to move on and post a respectable score.
Senior Nathan Beekman (46-41–87), senior Carson Werning (44-44–88) and junior Evan Pratt (42-48–90) had the other rounds of scoring for FDSH. Freshman Grant Hepp contributed a 47-45–92.
“It was a beautiful day, but we had to deal with the wind for the first time and it was coming from a different direction (north-west) than the children are used to seeing,” Vinson said. “We are heading in the right direction, but I know everyone has left knocks and had frustrating moments. So I feel like that’s a good sign – that we’re able to post better scores, while seeing things we can still clean up (go lower).
Waukee’s Jack Myszewski was the competition medalist with a three-under par 68. Cooper Sebastian of Urbandale (70) followed, followed by Colby Carlson of Waukee Northwest (72) and Lawson Hachmeister of Waukee Centennial (72).
Northwest was the tag team champion with a 296. Waukee High (299), Indianola (301), and Centennial (303) were close behind.
The annual Dodgers tournament is named after the Joselyn family, a staple of the Fort Dodge community. Phil Joselyn won the individual state title in 1955, and his son, Tim, did the same in 1981.
Phil – like Tim, also a former Iowa Hawkeye golfer – is in the FDSH Hall of Fame. He won the Fort Dodge Amateur in 1960 and won the city tournament while qualifying for championship stealing for 19 consecutive years – a local record.
Marion Joselyn, Phil’s father, was also a state amateur in the sport.
The Dodgers head to Mason City on Thursday for a triangle with the Mohawks and Des Moines East at 3:30 p.m.
FDSH JOSELYN INVITATION
(Tuesday results, at FDCC)
Team Rankings – 1. Waukee Northwest 296; 2. Waukee 299; 3.Indianola 301; 4. Centenary of Ankeny 303; 5. Ankeny 309; 6. Urbandale 318; 7. Norwalk and Sioux City Heelan 319; 9. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 325; 10.Ames 327; 11. March 333; 12.Fort Dodge 345; 13. Sioux City East 346; 14. Sioux City North 350; 15. Mason City 360; 16. Des Moines Lincoln 397.
Individual Leaders – 1. Jack Myszewski, Waukee, 68; 2. Cooper Sebastian, Urbandale, 70; 3. Colby Carlson, Northwest Waukee, 72; 4. Lawson Hachmeister, centenarian, 72; 5. William Nelson, Indianola, 73; 6. Reimick Elfers, Northwest Waukee, 73; 7. Blake Cronin, Northwest Waukee, 74; 8. Tanner Dinnebier, Waukee, 75; 9. Carter Ginger, East Sioux City, 75; 10. Evan Hodapp, Ankeny, 75; 11. Preston Bily, Indianola, 75; 12. Graham Hilton, Indianola, 75.
Fort Dodge—Riley Travis, 40-40–80; Nathan Beckman, 46-41–87; Carson Werning, 44-44–88; Evan Pratt, 42-48–90; Grant Hepp, 47-45–92; Dalton Rosalez, 49-60–109.