The Blue Demon golf team claimed a victory in their first home meet on Thursday shooting a team 188 followed by SCC rivals Chariton (222) and Clarke County (196) as well as Moravia (194).
Individually David Fisher shot a team best score of 45. “I was very happy for David,” said Coach Marty Hermsen. “He has been working with his dad on improving his game and showed some glimpses on Thursday.”
Zach Jones came in with a 47 for Albia. “After a disappointing opening meet, Zach responded by coming back and shooting a respectable score today,” said Coach Hermsen. Shooting a 48 was senior Dawson Hermsen. “He took an eight on a par three number seven but he came right back with a birdie on eight,” said the coach. “That showed some maturity after being down on himself for shooting five over on one hole.”
Also shooting a score that counts for the team, Tien Thiravong turned in a 48 as well. “I don't think Tien is happy with that and I would agree he is a much better golfer than that. Tien just ran into some trouble off the tee today. “
Cody Kosman continued to shoot in the top four with a 48 after taking an eight on par three number seven. Chase Maddison was a counter as well with a 47. “If Chase can stay away from the penalties he is very capable of shooting low 40's.”
Ian Flahvie and Gage Wilson struggled a little today with both golfers shooting 51's. Freshmen Garin Grinstead shot 59 in his golfing debut. Zach Schwarte carded a 69 and Caelan Robinson parred his second hole in a meet and ended with a 79. The Blue Demons are in action on Monday at Davis County and then at home for the Albia Invite on Tuesday.
Blue Demons knock
off DC, Chariton
The Albia High School boys’ golf team scored another victory at the Davis County Triangular on Monday night coming in with a team score of 188 while SCC rivals Chariton shot 193 and Davis County 196.
The top score of the night came from senior Cody Kosman who turned in a 44. “Cody has been a consistent scorer for us so far this season”, said Coach Marty Hermsen. “I have been really impressed with Cody and how well he has been playing.”
Not far behind Kosman were fellow senior Dawson Hermsen and junior Ian Flahive, both shooting 46. “Dawson has scored in the top four every meet so far and I know he is capable of doing even better,” said Coach Hermsen. “Ian Flahive bounced back after a poor showing at home on Thursday. We need both of these guys to keep stepping up and playing even better if we are to have a shot at the SCC Championship.” Also scoring for the Blue Demons was Zach Jones carding a 49.
Chase Maddison and Tein Thiravong struggled on the day, each shooting a disappointing 52. David Fisher was thrown into the number one spot and didn't play as well this outing shooting a 54.
“All three of these guys are capable of scoring better than this,” said Coach Hermsen. “I expect them to come out on Tuesday and play better.” Freshmen Garin Grinstead improved to shoot a 54. “I have been impressed with Garin and how well he is picking up the game of golf,” said the coach. Zach Schwarte shot 71 followed closely by Caelan Robinson with a 73.
Albia will be on their home course on Tuesday. “I am happy to win especially on the road but we need to get our scores lower to have a chance for the conference title. Every guy needs to work on being more consistent with their chipping and putting,” said Coach Hermsen.