Western Dubuque’s Brock Wilson tied for 44th at the 2021 Class 4A State Golf Tournament, at Beaver Hills Country Club, in Cedar Falls, Oct. 8-9, firing an opening-round 83 and a second-round 80 to finish with a two-day total of 163 (+19).

It’s been a fine freshman season of golf for Brock Wilson, according to Western Dubuque coach Ben Wilson.

“It was a good learning experience for him to make it down there as a freshman,” said Coach Wilson. “He’s spent his whole life playing tournament golf. But there’s a difference playing in a tournament by yourself against kids your own age and playing high school golf against kids older than you and playing as part of a team where other people are counting on you.

“It’s a different kind of game. He took some lumps early in the season, but you knew the talent was there and at some point, he was going to get locked in and used to it. Fortunately for us, he did that late and qualified for State.”

While the final result was certainly not what Brock Wilson had hoped for, it was an experience that sets the table for success in the coming years.

“It was pretty cool. I wasn’t really nervous at all, I just didn’t play as well as I wanted to,” he said. “I didn’t hit my irons that well. I hit 6-of-18 greens both days. I really didn’t have any looks at birdie at all.”

Friday’s first-round got off to a solid start, with pars on the opening three holes on the back nine after starting on hole 10, but a four-putt double bogey on the 12th and a pair of bogeys led to a 40. Wilson struggled to a 43 on the front nine, with a triple bogey on the par-five seventh — his 16th hole of the day — doing most of the damage.

“I was playing pretty well on the front nine and it looked like I was maybe going to shoot 79,” Wilson said. “But I snap-hooked my drive out of bounds on that hole both days. That was really the only big mistake I had.”

Starting again on the 10th Saturday, Wilson fired a nice 39, including his only birdie of the tournament on the par-three 14th.

“That one birdie was pretty crazy,” he said. “It was a 200-yard par-three, and into the wind, so I hit hybrid and pulled it into some fescue. I had to hit over the bunker, but couldn’t leave it short or it would go in the bunker. So I hit it and it landed in the rough and rolled into the hole.”

A 41 on the front, including a double bogey on the difficult seventh, led to a second-round 80.

“It was a really good experience for Brock,” said Coach Wilson. “He shot a little bit better the second day, but honestly, he played a lot better. He just had a little trouble on the second nine. He made three bogeys in a row and then took a double. It was just course management stuff.”

The future looks bright for the Bobcats. Coach Wilson is excited about the direction of the program.

“Losing Davis (Stelzer) is going to be a big blow for us, clearly. He’s been a rock for us the last four years,” he said. “But these young kids are so talented. I’m looking forward to working with them the next few years.”