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DUBUQUE — Central College is hoping for better things in the final round of the University of Dubuque Fall Invitational men’s golf tournament.
The Dutch turned in a 323 in Saturday’s opening round at the par-70 Dubuque Golf and Country Club and are tied for seventh with Wartburg College. Kirkwood Community College leads the 18-team field at 308 followed by Clarke University at 309. Central’s second unit, the White team, is tied for third with Dubuque at 313.
On the Red squad, Jared Nepomuceno (freshman, Carona, Calif., Santiago HS) and David Watson (sophomore, San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) each shot 80. Justin Livingston (senior, Winterset) followed at 81 with Adam Squires (sophomore, Waterloo, Columbus HS) at 82 and Desmond Stoll (sophomore, Lockport, N.Y.) at 85.
“Nothing went well for the Red team,” coach Chad Green said. “It was a very disappointing start.
“It was really windy today and the course has very tough greens that are hard and fast, but when you don’t hit the ball well you can’t putt or chip well and put up good scores."
Drew Osier (senior, Austin, Minn.) led the White squad at 75 and is tied for fourth. Eric Flores (sophomore, Oceanside, Calif., Vista HS) is tied for 11th at 77 and Jon Prescott (sophomore, Mendota, Ill.) is tied for 14th at 78. Clayton Curwin (sophomore, Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) shot 83 and Jacob Anderson (junior, Treynor) shot 84.
“I’m very pleased with the White team,” Green said. “Eric is kind of our ‘Steady Eddy’ and is consistently in the 70s. There’s something to be said for having a score you can always count on. And Jon putted lights out today.”
Competing as an individual, Mike Maller (junior, Davenport, Central HS) shot 76 and is tied for seventh.
“Maller hasn’t played too well in qualifiers but he came out today and did very well,” Green said. “I’m glad we gave him the opportunity.”
The 36-hole tournament concludes Sunday at 9 a.m. The Dutch will tee off at noon and 12:45 p.m.
“We need to come back tomorrow and redeem ourselves,” Green said. “We need to handle adversity better and play the golf we know how to play.”