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GREEN BAY, WIS.— Central College’s Justin Livingston (senior, Winterset) shot a 1-under-par 71 Monday and is tied for first place at the Wis.-Green Bay Invitational.
Livingston lifted Central into third place at 309 in the non-NCAA Division I half of the tournament. The Dutch trail Division II Univ. of Indianapolis (295) and Lewis University (Ill.) (308). Following Central is Div. II Concordia Univ.-St. Paul (Minn.) (324), NAIA St. Ambrose Univ. (321) and Div. III St. Norbert College (Wis.) (325).
“There’s definitely room to improve but we saw a lot of positives today,” coach Chad Green said. “We played smart golf and didn’t make many mental mistakes. Our putting and our short game cost us the bulk of our strokes.”
Livingston shares the lead of the 40-player field with Jon Williams of Indianapolis.
“Livingston played solid golf and putted well,” Green said. “At one point he had five one-putts in a row. I’m happy with how he came out in the first round of his senior year.”
David Watson (sophomore, San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) shot 76 for Central in its fall season opener at the Green Bay Country Club and is tied for ninth.
“He played in this tournament last year and improved that score by almost 10 shots today,” Green said. “It’s good to see him redeem last year’s score."
Desmond Stoll (sophomore, Lockport, N.Y.) had 80 and is tied for 21st. Jared Nepomuceno (freshman, Carona, Calif., Santiago HS) and Drew Osier (senior, Austin, Minn.) both shot 82.
“Jared’s score doesn’t show how he played,” Green said. “He took some big numbers and was 9-over in four holes. We’re looking for a better score from him tomorrow.”
Playing at-large, Jacob Anderson (junior, Treynor) shot 77 and is tied for 11th. Bryan Laraia (junior, Ankeny) shot 81.
“Jacob played solid, but like Jared, had a couple big numbers that cost him,” Green said. “But it’s good to see our individuals play well.”
The 36-hole tourney concludes Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.