31 Iowa Conference titles
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA.—Central College battled windy conditions but came away with the men’s golf title at the University of Illinois-Springfield Spring Fling Wednesday as Dutch senior Justin Livingston (Winterset) took medalist honors.
Central won the team title at the par-72 The Club at Pelican Bay in Florida, outscoring NCAA Division II contenders Adelphi University (N.Y.) and Illinois Springfield. The Dutch shot 314 on the 6,900-yard North Course. Complete results were not available.
“We had tough conditions today but we played well enough to win and it’s nice to bring home the trophy,” coach Chad Green said. “It was pretty windy and it’s not easy when you pair that with a traditional Florida course with water on every hole and small greens.”
Livingston shot 77 and shared the individual crown with Adelphi’s Louis Kelly.
“Justin had a tale of two 9’s today,” Green said. “He had a rough start with a 41 but improved with a 36.”
Sophomores Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) and Eric Flores (Oceanside, Calif., Vista HS) each shot 78 to tie for third. Sophomore David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) carded 81 and sophomore Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS) rounded out the Red squad at 84.
Central’s second unit, the White team, competed as individuals. Sophomore Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.) shot an 80 while junior Jacob Anderson (Treynor) had 81. Sophomore Clayton Curwin (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) shot 84 with junior Mike Maller (Davenport, Central HS) at 85, senior Drew Osier (Austin, Minn.) at 88 and freshman Wil Hunemiller (Cedar Falls) at 90.
“It’s good to get our first spring round out of the way but we’re not satisfied with the way we played,” Green said. “There’s room for improvement and we know what we need to work on as we get back home and into the regular season.”
The Dutch will play two more practice rounds in Florida before returning to campus. Central is back in action March 24-25 at the Webster (Mo.) Gorlok Invitational. The tourney will be played at the Forest Park GC and Sunset CC in St. Louis, Mo.