30 Iowa Conference titles
MILAN, Ill. — The Central College men’s golf team dropped 16 strokes from it’s opening round score but couldn’t climb in the team standings at the Augustana (Ill.) Invitational Saturday, settling for sixth with a 315-299—614 at Pinnacle Country Club.
Ill. Wesleyan University maintained the top spot with a 300-293—593. Iowa Conference foe University of Dubuque shot 311-293—604 to grab second while St. Ambrose University, which was even with Central after round one, edged the Dutch by one stroke, 315-298—613, and claimed fifth in the 20-team field.
“We had a better day today, but just not good enough overall compared to our play the last few weeks,” said coach Chad Green. “Putting was our woe today. If we could have cut down there we would have cut down a lot of strokes.”
Central won its previous three outings this spring.
Two Central golfers finished in the top 15 of the 116-man individual race Saturday. Freshman Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS) led the Dutch, shooting par for round two and ending with a 79-71—150 and finishing tied for ninth. Day-one leader Justin Livingston (junior, Winterset) was one stroke behind with 74-77—151, good for a tie at 11th.
“Adam played great,” said Green. “I’ve got to give him credit for shooting even par.”
Senior Brent Goodenow (Johnston) shot an 80-78—158, tying for 38th while Brent Messmore (senior, Hudson) and Tyler Woodruff (freshman, Tucson, Ariz., Salpointe Catholic HS) finished tied for 42nd. Messmore carded 85-74—159 while Woodruff went for an 82-77—159.
“Putting was our biggest struggle this weekend,” said Green. “We need to work on getting ourselves into position on our approach to help us cut down on the three putts we saw today.”
Central travels to Storm Lake April 20-21 for the Buena Vista Invitational. The outing will be the last for the Dutch before the Iowa Conference team tournament, which kicks off April 27. The first two rounds will be played at Central’s home course, Bos Landen Golf Course in Pella.
“We’ve had three wins in a row and we just didn’t have it this week,” said Green. “We got our bad meet out of the way and now will be ready to close out the season.”