Centerville golfer Alex Moorman has a chance to become Iowa’s fourth three-time state champion. But the senior said he has an even bigger goal this spring.
Moorman wants to take a team championship, something Centerville has never done in boys’ golf.
“If we win as a team, it would mean more to me than winning individually,” Moorman said.
Moorman became the state’s first freshman to take medalist honors three years ago. He earned a second crown last spring by edging West Delaware of Manchester’s Clayton Larsen by one stroke.
Centerville was the state runner-up in 1964. The Big Reds finished fifth in last year’s Class 3-A meet.
Don’t bet against Moorman, who is a very determined athlete.
“I’ve learned not to discount him, because he’ll prove you wrong,” Centerville coach Mike Carney said with a loud laugh.
A trio of Iowans have won state medalist titles three times: Kevin Neill of Preston (1985-87), Sean McCarty of West Branch (1989-91) and Jon Tink of Waterloo Walnut Ridge Baptist (2007-09).
Moorman has had a strong passion for golf since he was a toddler. He received his first set of clubs, a Fisher-Price model, when he was 3 years old.
“I hit them so much I wore holes in the bottoms of them,” Moorman said.
Carney said people in the community heard of the youngster with the marvelous golf swing.
“He was a little child prodigy,” Carney said. “He’s just been in love with the game since he was a little kid.”
Moorman made an immediate impact on Centerville’s program as a freshman when he won the state championship.
A sweep was not meant to happen and he was beaten as a sophomore. The experience motivated him.
“I mentally changed my mind,” Moorman said. “I look back at it now and it was a good thing. How you get better is losing and learning from your mistakes.”
Moorman will play at Kansas. The team is coached by Jamie Bermel, Zach Johnson’s former college coach at Drake.
He said he’d like to have a career in golf — playing professionally or teaching the game to others.
“It wouldn’t be a job for me because I’d love doing it,” Moorman said.
Iowa City West boys’ tennis coach Mitch Gross won his 200th career dual victory with an 8-1 triumph over Dubuque Wahlert on Thursday. Gross has won five state team titles, including a current run of three straight crowns.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Athletes from which Iowa high school sport benefit the most from summer workouts, either on their own or as part of a club or team?
Readers suggested cross country, basketball, football, golf and volleyball.
“AAU basketball is not only a way to play against/with bigger and better competition throughout the summer, but it is also the most common way to get recognized by college coaches.” — Kristin Turk
“Football. A lot of juniors work out extremely hard to put weight on and obviously get much stronger for that senior season.” — Zach Morrissey
Bill Evans, one of the state’s greatest basketball players, died at age 90 last month. Evans, who played at Nevada, was one of the inaugural members of the state’s boys’ basketball hall of fame in 1969. He was a two-time Des Moines Sunday Register first-team all-state forward, a rare feat when Iowa had one class. He went on to play basketball and baseball at Drake. Evans coached and officiated after college. In 2006, he was named to Drake’s all-time basketball team.
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