MORAVIA — The only team to best the Centerville Big Reds on the golf course so far this season has been the Fairfield Trojans.
On April 15, Fairfield bested Centerville by 14 strokes at the Albia Invitational. On Thursday at the Moravia Mohawk Invitational, Fairfield again bested the Big Reds. However, this time, the margin between the two teams was only three strokes.
Three teams were separated by a mere six shots as they ran away from the field of 16 teams for the top-three spots Thursday. Fairfield took first with 313 strokes while Centerville was second with 316. Des Moines Christian took third place overall with 319 strokes.
From there, it was a 13 stroke gap between third place Des Moines Christian and the fourth place finishing Prairie City, Monroe.
Centerville’s Alex Moorman and Des Moines Christian’s Ryan Minor shot the best scores of the day. Moorman and Minor each turned in a round of 69 on the par 72 course after 18 holes. Moorman would get the better of Minor in a playoff to take the medalist honors with Minor earning the runner-up medalist spot.
Both Moorman and Minor were runner-ups individually in their respective state golf meets last season — Moorman in Class 3-A and Minor in Class 2-A. The 16 team tournament in Moravia on Thursday featured the fourth place team in Class 3-A last year (Centerville) and the defending fifth place team in Class 2-A (Des Moines Christian).
After Moorman’s low score of 69 strokes, the Big Reds’ Blake Dabney and Brad Irwin rounded out the top-three shooters. Jake Hargrave and Brett Kauzlarich tied for Centerville’s fourth best score.
Dabney ended the day with a total of 78 strokes while Irwin carded 83. Kauzlarich and Hargrave each ended the day with 86. Freshman Colton Belloma also hit the links for Centerville, carding 100.
The Wayne Falcons were 16th with a team score of 412. Brock Draper led the way with an 84-stroke day. Host team Moravia only had three golfers, not enough to field a full-team to receive a team score. Sam Clouse shot the team’s low score, carding 111.