Trevor White makes state golf cut
By John Burbridge
DECORAH — After placing 1-2 at the Northeast Iowa Conference Boys Golf Meet on Friday with respective career-low varsity scores, Charles City senior Trevor White and freshman Carson Gallup planned to spend the rest of the weekend playing 18-hole rounds at Oneota Golf Course in Decorah.
It was to be the site for the Class 3A District Boys Golf Tournament on Monday, and both Comets advanced as individuals to that round by way of their upper-tier play at the sectionals held in Clear Lake two days prior to the NEIC meet.
In preparation, Gallup shot 73 on Saturday and 76 on Sunday. White didn’t do as well with a 77 on Saturday and a 81 on Sunday.
“But I guess I shot well when it mattered the most,” said White, who shot an even 72 on Monday and made the cut as an individual for the Class 3A Boys State Meet to take place May 23 and 24 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames.
Finishing ahead of White were Gilbert’s Joey Currans, who eagled the first hole before finishing with a 3-under 69, and Brock Synder, who shot a 71.
White tied Waverly-Shell Rock’s Hogan Hansen, but the Comet was awarded third place by way of a first-handicapped-hole tiebreaker.
Gilbert advanced as a team with a combined score of 305. Adel-Desoto-Minburn advanced with a second-place score of 319.
With Waverly-Shell Rock finishing in third place after winning the sectional meet, Hogan is the only Go-Hawk advancing to state.
Unlike his last golf meet — the NEIC tourney where he lost his ball early in the match and sustained a double-bogey before finishing strong for a then-career-low 73 medalist score — White got off to a much better start at districts as he was 3-under through the front nine.
“But then I got a little nervous,” said White, whose best 18-hole score is a 68 achieved during summer tournament play.
Gallup, who had his season ended with a 85 district score, said that he wasn’t nervous during his first state-qualifying event.
“I just didn’t play as well as I should have,” said Gallup, who shot a 9-hole score of 34 during his freshman season which is among the lowest 9-hole scores ever shot by a Comet.