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Comet Trevor White shoots career-low 73 for NEIC medalist honors in last varsity match at Cedar Ridge

Comet Trevor White shoots career-low 73 for NEIC medalist honors in last varsity match at Cedar Ridge
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City activities director Moriah Mitchell, right, congratulates Comet senior Trevor White upon receiving medalist honors at Friday’s NEIC Boys Golf Meet with a career-varsity-low 18-hole score of 73.
Comet Trevor White shoots career-low 73 for NEIC medalist honors in last varsity match at Cedar Ridge
Press photo by John Burbridge
Players who earned all-conference honors by way of placing in the Top 15 at Friday’s NEIC Boys Golf Meet at Cedar Ridge line up for a group photo. From left in descending order of placement are medalist Trevor White (Charles City), runner-up medalist Hogan Hansen (Waverly-Shell Rock), Carson Gallup (CC), Gable Holden (WSR), Luke Franzell (WSR), Cole Hotz (WSR), Ethan Holthaus (Decorah), Landen Bergan (Crestwood), Lane Rolfs (D), Wesley Hubbard (WSR), Kam Josephson (New Hampton), Ben Bockman (D), Erik Ramker (WSR), Jackson Knoke (D) and Hunter Sullivan (CC).

By John Burbridge

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CHARLES CITY — It happens to the best of them. Even the late, great Rodney Dangerfield.

A golfer will lose his ball.

In what had to be a rare experience for him, Charles City senior Trevor White lost his ball on the fourth hole during Friday’s Northeast Iowa Conference Boys Golf Meet at Cedar Ridge.

“It didn’t look good with that early double-bogey,” said White, who posted a 7 with an uphill battle ahead of him, “but I managed to par … par … par … the rest (of the front nine), then shot a couple of birdies in a row (on 10 and 11) and ended up doing well.”

In his final varsity match at Cedar Ridge, White shot a career varsity-best 18-hole score of 73 to earn NEIC medalist honors.

In other words, no more balls lost.

As usual, White was in close company with freshman teammate Carson Gallup, who shot a career-low himself with a 74.

Waverly-Shell Rock senior standout Hogan Hansen also shot a 74, and received medalist runner-up honors due to a first-handicapped hole tiebreaker.

With a trio of Go-Hawks following the aforementioned top-three golfers — Gabe Holden (79), Luke Franzell (80) and Cole Hotz (81) capping a team score of (314) — Waverly-Shell Rock won its third NEIC title in a row.

The Comets finished second (337) with senior Hunter Sullivan earning all-conference honors with a Top 15 score of 90.

“It was a good day to play golf,” Charles City head coach Dave Williams said of the cool, overcast and windless conditions that contrasted the breezy yet hot-and-humid weather throughout the week. “Trevor and Carson have been consistent for us all season, but I was really happy for Hunter. He’s a senior who has been with us for a while, and it was nice that he was able to finish as an all-conference golfer.”

For all but White and Gallup, the season is over for the rest of the Comets, whose schedule had the Class 3A Sectional Tournament played two days ahead of the NEIC Tournament.

On Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Park in Clear Lake, White and Gallup advanced to the regional round as individuals with Gallup shooting a runner-up medalist score of 78, 1 shot behind medalist Hansen. White placed third with an 80.

The Comets as a whole finished strong in their last week playing as a whole team. The Saturday before, they won their third Hampton-Dumont Bulldog Invitational in the last four tourney’s played — White and Gallup were respective medalist and runner-up medalist — before posting a season-low 335 team score at sectionals, 7 shots from a second-place team berth.

The Class 3A Regional will take place Monday at Oneota Golf Course in Decorah.

You won’t need a GPS tracking system to know where White and Gallup are going to be this weekend.

“That’s where we’re planning on going tomorrow,” Gallup said of his and White’s plans on playing Oneota several times before Monday. “We’ll probably be there Saturday and Sunday.”

Rounding out the team scores were Decorah (346), New Hampton (363), Crestwood (367) and Waukon (426).

Rounding out the all-conference individual placers were Decorah’s Ethan Holthaus (84), Crestwood’s Landen Bergan (85), Decorah’s Lane Rolfs (85), Waverly-Shell Rock’s Wesley Hubbard (85), New Hampton’s Kam Josephson (86), Decorah’s Ben Bockman (87), Waverly-Shell Rock’s Erik Ramker (89) and Decorah’s Jackson Knoke (90).

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