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Balance helps Central golfers win Saber Invite again
|Central sophomore Zach Eden hits an iron shot on hole 16 during Tuesday’s Saber Invitational. Eden used a strong front nine (he shot a 37) to finish second overall at the meet with a 77 and lead the Sabers to their second-consecutive title. Photos by Ross Eberhart|
|Central sophomore Brandon Haack chips onto the green during Tuesday’s Saber Invitational. Haack was one of three Sabers to shoot a round of 82 at the meet (juniors Jackson Tigges and Trevor Green were the others) as the Sabers had just 11 strokes separate their eight scores.|
By Ross Eberhart
Playing on its home course was a nice advantage, but it was the Central boys golf team's balance that ultimately proved to be the difference at Tuesday's Saber Invitational at Springbrook Country Club.
Just five strokes separated the Sabers' four team scores at the meet and all eight Central golfers who played varsity finished in the top-20 as the Sabers won their own tournament for a second-straight year with a 323.
The score was 17 strokes better than Dyersville Beckman, who earned runner-up honors. Anamosa was just two strokes back of the Blazers with a 342, while Maquoketa shot a 344.
A 360 from Western Dubuque and a 368 from Marion rounded out the scores.
"(It was) great to have such a balanced attack and to see scores coming in from a couple of new faces," Central head coach Greg Weller said. "We should play well at home and this group has done just that over the last several years."
One new face that stepped up in a big way was sophomore Zach Eden, who led the way for the Sabers and earned runner-up medalist honors with a round of 77.
No player in the tournament had a better front nine than Eden, who recorded nothing worse than a bogey while carding a 37.
The sophomore birdied the par-four fifth hole added pars on five other holes on the front nine.
Eden had a strong day on the back nine as well, parring five more holes for a 40 that gave him his 77 (the meet's medalist was Beckman's Chance Maiers, who combined a 40 on the front nine with a 35 on the back nine for a 75).
Five strokes behind Eden were fellow Sabers Brandon Haack, Jackson Tigges and Trevor Green, who all shot 82s to finish off Central's team score.
Haack had a consistent round with just two strokes separating his front nine and back nine scores.
The sophomore had a birdie on the 13th hole and added pars on 11, 12, 15 and 18 to card a 40 on the back nine, while adding three more pars on the front.
No Saber had a better back nine than Tigges, who parred holes 10, 11 and 12 before birdieing the 13th and adding one more par on 16 as part of a 38 (Tigges did no worse than a bogey on any hole in the back nine).
Tigges added four more pars in the front nine and shot a 44 for his 82.
Also breaking 40 over the final nine holes was Green, who had a team-high six pars during that span for a 39.
Additional pars on the second, fourth and ninth holes helped Green card a 43 on the front for an 82.
Senior Mitch Scott joined Haack with a 42 on the front nine as he birdied the eighth hole and added pars on holes five, six and nine.
Scott added five more pars on the back nine to wrap up a round of 85.
Just a stroke back of Scott was fellow senior Allen Mumm, who had five pars in the front nine and three more after the turn for an (44-42) 86.
Finishing things off for the Sabers were senior Brice Bowen and junior Grant Henning, who shot matching 88s.
Both had strong back nines with Bowen notching five-straight pars and Henning birdieing the 13th hole and parring four others.
Henning also carded a birdie on the sixth hole, while Bowen was one of three Sabers to par the fifth hole.
It was the second tournament in two days for Central, who was one of eight teams looking to bring home a title at the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Western Dubuque.
The championship, though, belonged to Beckman as the Blazers topped the field with a 346 - six strokes ahead of runner-up West Delaware and eight in front of the Sabers, who were third with a 354.
Leading the way for the Sabers at the cold and rain-plagued meet was Green, who tied for fifth with an 86. The junior had a birdie on the fifth hole and recorded seven pars during his round.
Just two strokes back of Green was Bowen, who led the Sabers with eight pars (including six during the back nine), while Henning shot an 89 with six pars.
Rounding out the team score was Tigges, who had the Sabers' other birdie of the meet on the seventh hole, while also having four pars.
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