The Albia boys’ golf team came up one stroke short at the South Central Conference golf tournament held at Edmunson Golf Course in Oskaloosa on Wednesday. Knoxville won the event coming in at 338 with Albia one stroke behind with 339.
Centerville placed third (349), Clarke County fourth (366), EBF fifth (367), Chariton sixth 370) and Davis County seventh (377).
Ian Flahive recorded the top score for the Blue Demons shooting a personal best 44-34--78, finishing fourth. His 38 was a career low for the junior.
“Ian opened with 44 and closed the second nine with -1 under par 34 for a 78,” said Coach Marty Hermsen. “Everything was just clicking for him on the back. I’m very proud of Ian and the amount of work he has put into his golf game this spring.”
Tyler Vaske of Knoxville was individual medalist, winning the title in consecutive years shooting a 73. Cade McDonald of Knoxville finshed second with a 77 in a sudden death playoff over Cole Cooper of Centerville.
Dawson Hermsen contributed a personal best 85 while Tein Thiravong shot 85. “These were two good scores for playing the ball down as it lies on a cold windy day,” said Coach Hermsen.
David Fisher shot 91 and continued his solid play. Gage Wilson fresh off his SCC long jump championship for track recorded a 92 and Zach Jones shot 50-44 for 94. “Zach just had a rough start again battling to finish strong,” said Coach Hermsen.
“We were so close,” said Coach Hermsen. “Had we tied our guys would have won with our fifth man score. I was really happy for the guys shooting our best team score of the season.
“I just love the fact that these boys will go to an 18-hole tournament and then go practice or play more golf when we get home,” said Coach Hermsen. “We have a chance of advancing out of sectionals if we continue to play better golf. As a coach I am proud of the way we battled on the last nine to get us in a position to have a chance to win.”
Flahive’s finish garnered him All-SCC status along with Vaske and Cade McDonald of Knoxville; Cole Cooper of Centerville. Cannon Riggal and Kaleb Cochran also of Centerville as well as Connor Duetsch of Clarke County were named All SCC.
The Blue Demons will participate in sectionals on Friday in Williamsburg.