Western Dubuque freshman Brock Wilson qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament after firing a three-over-par 74 in district tournament play at Thunder Hills Country Club, in Peosta, Oct. 4.
Cedar Falls ran away with the team race with a total of 287, as Max Tjoa was meet medalist at 67, Jordan Nelson carded a 72 and Jack Beecher and Owen Sawyer finished at 74.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy was the second qualifier at 308, while Wahlert won a fifth-player tiebreaker over Cedar Rapids Washington and Marshalltown to earn the third qualifying spot when all three teams finished at 311.
Cedar Rapids Xavier was sixth at 312. Western Dubuque was in the hunt at 315 with Iowa City West close behind at 316. CR Jefferson was next in line at 324, followed by Dubuque Hempstead (332), Waterloo West (336), Dubuque Senior (337), Iowa City High (377) and Waterloo East (378).
The top two players and ties from non-qualifying teams are also headed to Beaver Hills Country Club, in Cedar Falls, Oct. 8-9. Washington’s Nile Peterson made the cut at 73, with Wilson and Marshalltown’s Grant Greazel moving on at 74.
It was a bittersweet ending for the Bobcats with a seventh-place finish on their home course.
“We had a handful of guys I knew would have an opportunity to move on if we didn’t qualify as a team,” said coach Ben Wilson. “I’m not surprised Brock made it. He’s worked so hard.
“The only hard part for him right now is we didn’t make it as a team. Brock is a rhythm player. Once he gets going and feels good, he’s not going to have any big holes. He gets out there and starts stroking the ball and you know he gets locked in.”
Davis Stelzer ended a fine career with a 79, Jackson Webber carded an 80, Tyler Skrtich 82, Jackson Skrtich 83 and Brayden Webber 87.
“It is a little sad I won’t be going down with the team, but it’s pretty impressive to make it to state as a freshman,” said Brock Wilson. “It wasn’t the best round. I had 36 putts, but my ball-striking kept me in it and it was great to play on my home course.”
It was a nearly trouble-free round, according to Brock Wilson, who started on the ninth hole.
“I got off to a good start, but then went on to bogey number 12 and number 14,” he said. “I continued with all my pars and that helped my round. I put one in the lateral on four and bogeyed there, but otherwise, it was all pars. I just couldn’t get the putts to fall.”
“My ball-striking,” Wilson replied when asked about the strength of his round. “I believe I hit 15 greens and my driver just kept me in play and out of trouble.”
He is looking forward to playing the challenging Beaver Hills layout.
“I’ve played there,” he said. “You have to hit a lot of good shots. You can’t be too aggressive and you have to be smart. It’s pretty simple. You need to have good putting and a good short game. I should be ready.”