By Kyle Ocker Sports Editor
The Daily Iowegian
---- — 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.
Golfers battled rough conditions at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake 18-hole course in northern Appanoose County.
According to National Weather Service data, golfers faced sustained winds anywhere from 12-22 mph, with gusts reaching to 25 mph. Temperatures hovered around the mid-40s, but dipped down into the high-30s at one point during the day under mostly cloudy to overcast skies.
The Moravia Mohawks golf team will host Davis County, Melcher-Dallas and Mormon Trail tomorrow starting at 4 p.m. Wayne will be in Pleasantville tomorrow for the Pride of Iowa Conference tournament starting at 9 a.m.
The Centerville Big Reds were in Fairfield on Saturday. Results from that invitational will be in an upcoming edition of the Daily Iowegian. The Big Reds will be off until May 10 for the Chariton Charger Invitational. The regular season finale will be on May 12, again at Chariton, for the South Central Conference tournament.
Centerville’s post-season path will be the exact same as last year’s journey. The Big Reds will host sectionals at The Preserve on Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. The district meet will be at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Williamsburg on Friday, May 23 at 10 a.m. The Class 3-A state golf meet will again be held at the Ames Golf and Country Club on May 30-31.
2014 Moravia Mohawk Invitational
at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake
Thursday, May 1
Team scores — 1, Fairfield 313; 2, Centerville 316; 3, Des Moines Christian 319; 4, PCM, Monroe 332; 5, Knoxville 337; 6, Nodaway Valley 340; 7, Albia 434; 8, Oskaloosa 351; 9, Chariton 355; 10, Mt. Pleasant 363; 11, Clarke 371; 12, Davis County, Bloomfield 372; 13, Central Decatur 375; 14, Ft. Madison 378; 15, Mt. Ayr 394; 16, Wayne 412.
Medalist — Alex Moorman (CV) 69. Runner-up medalist — Ryan Minor (DSM, Christian) 69.
Centerville individuals — Moorman 32-37—69, Blake Dabney 40-38—78, Brad Irwin 41-42—83, Jake Hargrave 39-47—86, Brett Kauzlarich 44-42—86, Colton Belloma 52-48—100.
Moravia individuals — Sam Clouse 53-58—111, Logan Perry 62-61—123, Gavin Johnson 88-84—172.
Wayne individuals — Brock Draper 42-42—84, Jeffery Middlebrook 44-52—96, Dakota Lovett 53-57—110, Tanner Bennett 61-61—122, Nick Mattly 76-76—152, Jordan Pope 90-90—180.