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MILAN, Ill. — Justin Livingston (junior, Winterset) sits in a four-way tie for sixth place in the individual standings as the Central College men’s golf team also finished round one of the Augustana (Ill.) Invitational tied for sixth in the 20-team field Friday.
The Dutch ended the day with a 315 on the par-71, 6650-yard Pinnacle Country Club course, sitting even with St. Ambrose University. Leader Ill. Wesleyan University holds a comfortable10-stroke lead over the field with 300 while Iowa Conference rival University of Dubuque is tied for third at 311.
Coach Chad Green said windy conditions and heavy rain before tee time helped drive up Central’s scores.
“It was not our best day on the golf course,” said Green. “A couple guys took some high numbers which always hurts. I thought we struck the ball well, but we were fighting the wind on a tough course with tough greens.”
Livingston led the Dutch with a 3-over 74. The junior shot a 38 on the front nine and finished the day with a 36-stroke effort on the back nine.
“Justin played a good round today,” said Green.
Freshman Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS) is tied for 25th with 79 and senior Brent Goodenow (Johnston) shot an 80, good for a tie at 34th. Freshman Tyler Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz., Salpointe Catholic HS) shot an 82 on the day and Brent Messmore (senior, Hudson) rounded out the Dutch squad with an 85. The pair are tied for 50th and 76th respectively in the 116-man field.
Central looks drop second-round scores Saturday. Action starts at 9 a.m from Milan, Ill.
“We weren’t at our best today, but that’s why we play two-day tournaments,” said Green. “We need to putt a little better and put ourselves in a better position to keep those high numbers off the score cards.”