That 70s Show: State contenders? Lynx take first step with 299
BOONE – Avery Fuhs is a model of consistency when it comes to his temperament on the golf course.
He’s stoic – shot after shot, hole after hole, round after so round.
So when the Webster City sophomore unleashes a fist pump – OK, so it wasn’t Tiger-esque, and it lasted less than two seconds – you know he’s got it going.
And, boy, did he ever on Friday at the Class 3A sectional tournament won by Webster City at Cedar Pointe Golf Course.
A double-bogey on just his second hole didn’t exactly sit well with him, but
Fuhs rebounded quickly and eventually caught fire. He played his final 16 holes at 4-under par and accepted the lion’s share of the attention with a leaderboard topping 2-under 70 at the 6,357-yard track.
“I’m just extremely relieved right now, especially after what happened last year,” Fuhs said, mentioning the 83 he posted on the same course at the 2013 sectional meet. “I didn’t really feel great after that double bogey, but then I made a birdie (two holes later) and that got me going again.”
He wasn’t the only Webster City player who had it locked in though. He was just one of many.
The Lynx 70s show came from five of its six players and John Ferrell’s 82 wasn’t exactly putrid at the back of the lineup.
It translated into a season-best 299 team total and a 12-stroke victory over Ballard and Gilbert.
“I think we all got about an hour of sleep (Thursday) night because we were all so nervous,” Fuhs said. “So to shoot this is awesome. We’ll probably all be screaming in the car when we get in there.”
Ballard earned the second-place spot on the fifth score tiebreaker; the Bombers will join WCHS at Wednesday’s district tournament at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.
Lynx head coach Dave Brighton was ecstatic afterwards. But surprised? Nope.
“I think we’re capable of doing this every time out,” he said. “I think we just played with confidence and kept it light … we didn’t get too tight about things.”
Logan Yates and Alec Fuhs both shot 76 to share the fourth-place spot with Ballard’s Sage Fitchko. The three went into a sudden-death playoff for the final medal and after one hole only the Lynx teammates remained.
It was a stress-free playoff for the two. Yates eventually won on the second hole – with a three-putt bogey no less.
“Alec and I were having a pretty good time,” Yates said. “We decided to have a little fun with it because we knew we were going to districts anyway.”
Sean Vogelbacher closed out the Lynx scoring with a 77. They didn’t even need Drew Fielder’s career-best 78, which speaks volumes about the performance.
Avery Fuhs, Yates and Vogelbacher improved by a combined 27 shots from last season’s sectional.
But back to the blink-and-you-might-miss-it-fist pump.
After birdieing the par-5 18th hole to get back in the red, Avery Fuhs stepped to the tee at the par-5 first and promptly pulled his drive way left into the No. 2 fairway late in his round. Instead of contending with a bevy of trees, he played his next shot down the second fairway and left himself a manageable distance into a heavily-sloping front to back green.
Guessing he was 145 yards out, Fuhs striped a wedge to the back tier some 20 feet away from the cup.
“I had a decent idea how far I was out … I just went with the feel and hit a great pitching wedge,” Avery Fuhs said.
Fuhs’ birdie putt – a big bender from left to right – tracked towards the cup; he put his fist in the air and walked it in to get him to 2-under with just one hole remaining.
“When it first came off the (putter) I thought it was gone, but then I starting walking it in,” Avery Fuhs said. “It was awesome.”
Pella, Knoxville and Grinnell will join the field at Wednesday’s district meet. The first- and second-place teams, as well as the top four individuals will advance to the state meet at Ames Golf and Country Club on May 30 and 31.
WCHS last reached the state tournament in 2003.
“Wednesday will be the true test,” Avery Fuhs said.
Confidence is sure to be at an all-time high though.
“Now we know that when it’s crunch time we can all put up a good score,” Yates said. “We have a lot of confidence going into districts.”