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DECATUR, ILL.—Central College freshman Jared Nepomuceno (Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) fired a career-best 5-under-par 67 and leads the field after Friday’s opening round of the men’s golf Weist Foundation Classic hosted by Millikin University (Ill.).
Central’s second unit, the White squad, is second in the 17-team tourney with 301 on the Red Trail Run Golf Course. The Red team is tied for third with the University of St. Francis (Ill.) at 303. Millikin leads the pack with 294 and North Central College (Ill.) rounds out the top five with 315.
“It’s the second time this year our White team has beat our Red team in the first round, and that really shows the depth of our program,” coach Chad Green said. “Millikin shot well and had two kids under par, but we did alright in tough conditions. It was cold and windy and rained off and on all day.”
Nepomuceno is three strokes ahead of two Millikin golfers in the individual standings. He carded a 30 on his first nine, the course’s back nine, before coming in with a 37.
“Jared put together both nines today,” Green said. “He rolled it well on the green and had an eagle on a par-5. He played well, no doubt about it.”
Central’s Justin Livingston (senior, Winterset) led the Red squad with 71 and is in fourth place.
“Justin shot 1-under which is what you expect from a senior captain,” Green said. “He took the opportunity to go low when it presented itself.”
Behind Nepomuceno on the White squad, sophomore Clay Curwin (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) is tied for 10th with 77 while sophomore Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS) is tied for 14th with 78. Senior Erik Grunder (Wilton) shot 79 and junior Bryan Laraia (Ankeny) shot 84.
Joining Livingston on the Red team, sophomore Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) is ninth with 76. Sophomore Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.) and junior Jacob Anderson (Treynor) are tied for 14th with 78, followed by sophomore David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) with 84.
The 36-hole tourney concludes Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
“We left some strokes out there today but we’ll go out tomorrow and make up some ground,” Green said.