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Dillon Burr claims first boys' state golf title in Linn-Mar history

Waukee wins Class 4A team title

Linn-Mar's Dillon Burr during a meet earlier this season.  (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Linn-Mar's Dillon Burr during a meet earlier this season. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Dillon Burr waited three years for his first state golf appearance.

The Linn-Mar junior needed just two days to earn the school’s first boys’ state golf title.

Burr fired 73 in cold and windy conditions Saturday for a two-round total of 146 and claimed medalist honors at the Class 4A championships at Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City.

He won by six shots over Cedar Rapids Washington’s Nile Petersen and Pleasant Valley’s Jack Roemer, who tied for second with a 152 total.

“It feels really good to be able to finally execute in the postseason, especially in such tough conditions like today,” Burr said in a phone interview with The Gazette. “It was a good field of competitors and course. It was a good weekend.”

Marc Gladson was a three-time runner-up medalist from 2003-05 and Bradley George tied for second in 2007 for Linn-Mar. Burr became the first to grasp gold.

“It’s such an honor to be able to play for Linn-Mar,” Burr said. “It’s an awesome thing. I couldn’t ask for much more.”

He is also the first Cedar Rapids/Marion Metro golfer to win state since Washington’s Bennet Hammerberg in 2003.

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“It’s a huge accomplishment,” said Linn-Mar Coach Chris James, who was teammates with Hammerberg in 2003. “There have been a lot of good golfers to come through Linn-Mar.

“For somebody like Dillon, who is only a junior in his first state tournament appearance, to play as well as he did speaks volumes of the kind of player he is and what kind of kid he is. … He should be really proud of himself.”

Burr was steady. He carded 14 pars with a birdie on the par-4 12th, erasing the one-stroke deficit to first-day leader Roemer. His style of play with low ball flight helped him avoid trouble with the wind.

“Just being able to keep the ball low and straight in the fairway really gives you a great advantage,” Burr said. “It’s really tough to play in the wind.”

James said Burr’s ability to control his emotions and grind out a round helped. He also noted that Burr’s round wasn’t perfect but his misses still left him in good shape to stay low.

“It was fun to watch him and be a part of it,” James said. “It was a really good experience.”

Petersen recorded a second-round score of 77 and jumped four spots after the first day. The sophomore had a birdie on No. 13 and helped the Warriors place eighth.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy senior Brock Barnhart earned his third top-10 finish. Barnhart shot 157, including 75 on Saturday, to tie for eighth.

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Waukee won the team title with 649, edging runner-up West Des Moines Valley by one. Cedar Rapids Xavier was 10th, one spot ahead of Kennedy.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Waukee, 649

2. West Des Moines Valley, 650

3. Southeast Polk, 654

4. Pleasant Valley, 654

T-5. West Des Moines Dowling, 656

T-5. Ames, 656

7. Cedar Falls, 659

8. Cedar Rapids Washington, 663

9. Ankeny Centennial, 668

10. Cedar Rapids Xavier, 694

11. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 696

12. Bettendorf, 712

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD

1. Dillon Burr (Linn-Mar), 146

2. Nile Petersen (Cedar Rapids Washington), 152

3. Jack Roemer (Pleasant Valley), 152

4. John Boettcher (West Des Moines Valley), 153

5. Jack Dumas (Pleasant Valley), 154

6. Cole Davis (Marshalltown), 155

7. Connor Van Weelden (Ames), 156

T-8. Jake Calhoun (West Des Moines Dowling), 157

T-8. Brock Barnhart (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 157

10. Matthew O’Brien (Waukee), 158

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