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Spartans hit speed bump slide to 7th

June 5, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

FORT DODGE - A day that started with struggles ended with a loftier score than they had hoped as the Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck finished the first day of the Class 2A state golf meet with a 323 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.

Jake Bangasser shot the lowest score of any Spartan on Friday, a 78 and Jesper Holke-Farnam in his third state golf meet shot an 80 right behind his sophomore teammate.

Head coach Dennis Dirks said a sloped and moving back nine, where the Spartans started the first day, gave his team troubles early on.

"The front nine is wide open, but the back nine has a lot of character to it," Dirks said. "We weren't dealt any favors as all of our guys started on that back nine."

Dirks called Holes 13, 14 and 15 the "Bermuda Triangle." And that, "If you don't know what you're doing, you could really rack up the strokes."

With a handful of teams in this year's field returning for the second-straight year, Dirks said some of his players were up against second and third-year 'state veterans.' Senior Austin Burroughs played in his first round of a state golf tournament, shooting an 82 to place third on the team, Cam Murphy was slotted fourth with an 83; Matt Roeding shot an 84 and Jared Freeman shot an 86.

This is Bangasser's second trip to state. The Spartans were just one stroke out of seventh and two strokes out of sixth, while remaining eight strokes out of last.

Bangasser said the team's goal heading into the meet was to take a top three spot, but he said they almost took themselves out of that equation with a rough first day.

"It was rough. We were hoping for better," Bangasser said. "Coach told us you can't win it the first day, but you can lose it on the first day. So we'll get back out there [today] and try to finish strong."

Rain plus a challenging first nine holes gave the Spartans some early troubles. Bangasser and company will look to take strokes off their game mainly on the greens, where he said the Spartans fell behind.

"The guys said they left about four or five strokes out there today," Dirks said. "If you take those off, we'd be right around our goal."

The hope is to come back today more focused and capitalizing on the first-day jitters to have taken an exodus before the final round.



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