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OSKALOOSA—The Central College men’s golf team struggled to a third-place finish in challenging conditions at the Edward Jones William Penn Invitational Saturday.
Playing the par-72 Oskaloosa Golf Course, Central’s first squad, the Red team, shot a 319 into strong winds and trying course conditions for 297-141-319—757 and third in the 11-team, 68-individual field.
“It was tough out there,” coach Chad Green said. “It was windy and the greens were hard and difficult to manage. One pin location was actually changed because of the conditions. In all of my years as a golf professional, that was one thing I had never seen.”
Clayton Curwin (junior, Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) led the Dutch with 75-35-77—187, tying for fifth place individually. David Watson (junior, San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) was second on the team and tied for seventh with 73-33-82—188. Adam Squires (junior, Waterloo, Columbus HS) shot 70-38-82—190, while Desmond Stoll (junior, Lockport, N.Y.) shot 79-35-78—192, tying for 11th and 17th, respectively. Jon Prescott (junior, Mendota, Ill.) rounded out the lineup in a tie for 33rd with 79-38-83—200.
“We let the conditions get the better of us today,” Green said. “Curwin had a solid showing, but some players who have not shot high all year shot high this weekend. It was a disappointing finish to the fall season.
“We know what we need to work on. We did not putt well all fall, so we have a few months to work on that. It is good to know what we need to fix, but now we need to put in the effort and fix it.”
Central’s second squad, the White team, finished seven strokes behind the Red team in fourth place. Its third squad, the Black team, finished sixth.
Jacob Anderson (senior, Treynor) fired a 74, the low round of the day, for 72-36-74—182, finishing runner-up in the medalist race by four strokes. Walker Adams (sophomore, Osceola, Clarke HS) also posted a top-10 finish with 78-33-77—188, tying with Watson for seventh.
“The white team played really solid,” said Green. “I was proud of their performance and their score. It was a good score for any team. Jacob finished the fall on a great note and Walker played really well. It was nice to see (Walker) perform well on a higher team.”
Bryan Laraia (senior, Ankeny) led the Black team with 72-40-78—190, tying for 11th.
Grand View won the team title with 282-145-307—734, 19 strokes ahead of runner-up AIB. Tyler Smith of Grand View won medalist honors by four strokes with 68-35-75—178.
The invitational concludes Central’s fall season.