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STORM LAKE — The Central College men’s golf team turned in a 300 to secure a two-stroke lead in the first round of the Buena Vista Invitational Friday.
Following the Dutch in the 19-team field is Northwestern College (Iowa) (302). Morningside College shot 304 and is tied for third with Central’s second unit, the White team. Iowa Conference rival Buena Vista is in a three-way tie for fifth with Kirkwood CC and Southeast CC (Neb.) (305).
“I’m happy with a 300,” coach Chad Green said. “It could have been better but I’ll take that score any day.”
Junior Justin Livingston (junior, Winterset) fired the low score for Central, carding an even-par 72 at the Lake Creek Country Club. He sits in second place, four strokes behind Brandon Thompson of Morningside.
“Justin played well and really kept his composure when he had a bad hole,” Green said. “His mental game was the biggest difference from this week to last week.”
Brent Messmore (senior, Hudson) shot 74 and is tied for fifth. Adam Squires (freshman, Waterloo, Columbus HS) and Brent Goodenow (senior, Johnston) each shot 77 and are tied for 24th. Matt Vegter (senior, Morrison, Ill.) is tied for 37th with 79.
“Messmore missed a lot of five-footers but finished with a good score,” Green said. “We’ll look for him to get a low number tomorrow by making those short putts.”
Green was pleased to see the Dutch come out strong after a sixth-place finish last weekend.
“It was good to see the golfers rebound after a below-average tournament,” he said.
The White squad was led by Tyler Woodruff (freshman, Tucson, Ariz., Salpointe Catholic HS). He shot 74 and is tied for fifth. Erik Grunder (junior, Wilton) and Jacob Anderson (sophomore, Treynor) are tied for 15th with 76 while Drew Osier (junior, Austin, Minn.) shot 78 and is tied for 29th. Travis Havens (senior, Belmond, Belmond-Klemme HS) carded 81 and is tied for 58th.
The 36-hole tournament concludes Saturday at 9 a.m. Green is predicting another breezy round.
“Lake Creek is always windy,” he said. “We need to realize the wind will take it more than we think and deal with it. And we just need to play our game. The other schools have to catch us; we don’t have to catch them.”