Yates medalist with 39, No. 7 Lynx win triangular without best effort

WEBSTER CITY – The sign of any good golf team is the ability to find success despite being off its game.

The Webster City boys’ squad – ranked No. 7 in Class 3A by the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association – wasn’t completely solid from tee to green on a sunny afternoon yesterday on the 3,175-yard, par 36 front nine at Briggs Woods Golf Course, and yet it still came out victorious.

With sophomore No. 1 stick Logan Yates snaring the medalist honor, the Lynx (11-2) put together a team total of 167 to nip non-conference opponent Emmetsburg (173) by six shots. North Central Conference rival Algona (185) was at the back of the triangular.

“Although we didn’t have our best game, we were still able to win the meet,” WCHS head coach Dave Brighton said. “We may show our youth a little at times, but our best golf is ahead of us.”

Yates was as steady as they come early on, as he made par at each of the first five holes. He slipped a little coming in with three bogeys in his final four holes, including at both the par-4 eighth and ninth.

Still, Yates’ round was good enough to take the medalist honor by one shot over Emmetsburg’s Mike Pugh (40).

Freshmen Avery and Alec Fuhs turned in identical rounds of 41. Avery Fuhs’ round included an eagle at the par-5 fourth, but he followed it up with a double-bogey at the par-4 fifth and he triple-bogeyed No. 8.

Fellow rookie and lefty Sean Vogelbacher carded a 46, while Doug Stoakes added a 49.

Jon Wichtendahl led Algona with a 44.