MASON CITY — With a solid Nos. 1, 2 and 3 golfers already in the mix, the challenge for the Mason City boys golf team this season has been finding those next couple of guys to drop low scores to match. Once that happens, they believe they have at least a shot at a state-tournament berth if everything lines up.
On Tuesday in a dual vs. Urbandale, the Mohawks pieced another bit of that together when No. 4 golfer Evan Lynch was the low man in the Mohawks’ 160-169 victory.
“I was just pleased that he was playing like he can because we haven’t really seen that yet,” Mason City coach Jim Cornick said of Lynch’s round. “Our Top 3 have been playing pretty well – J.J. (Wickman), Pete (Stadheim) and Brad (Vaith) – and we just need one of those (other) three to get in the 80s for us to round out a good, solid score. Evan, for him to go low tonight at our last home meet was really awesome to see.”
For Lynch, whose previous low 9-hole round of the season was a 40, it was a good time for him to put forth his best round – a one-over par 36 on the home course at Highland Park Golf Course.
His round included just one bogey, which came on the par 4 fourth hole, and he scored par on each of the other eight.
“I was hitting my tee shots good and I was approaching the greens really well, but my putting was a little off,” Lynch said.
With one week to go until the conference meet next Wednesday, and then districts to follow, Lynch is happy about where he’s at.
“I’m hoping that I can just continue this because my play has been kind of rough this year and I want to continue this through districts,” he said.
After Lynch’s 37, Stadheim fired a 39, Wickman shot 41 and Vaith chipped in a 43 to round out the scoring. Tanner Hanson and Dylan Pedersen shot non-counting rounds of 50 and 52, respectively.
The Mohawks compete at the CIML meet next Wednesday at The Legacy Golf Club in Norwalk, and then travel to Ames for the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 3.
“We’re going to have to probably throw down a 310 at Veenker to make it as third-place team,” Cornick said. “We’ve been in this situation before, but I think this is the year that I think we’re going to put down a good score and hope that it holds in.”