31 Iowa Conference titles
DECATUR, ILL.—Slicing 17 shots of its first-round score, the Central College men’s golf team rose to second place in the 17-team Weist Foundation Classic Saturday hosted by Millikin University (Ill.).
The Dutch fired a season-low 286 and jumped two spots from Friday’s fourth-place 303 for 589 on the par-70 Hickory Point Golf Course. Millikin won the team trophy at 294-276—570 with St. Francis (Ill.) third (303-288—591). Central’s White team dropped two spots to fourth at 301-297—598 and North Central (Ill.) took fifth (315-290—605).
Central senior Justin Livingston (Winterset) tied for medalist honors with Millikin’s Brian Barry but ended up second after a one-hole tiebreaker playoff. He matched his career-best 68 to finish 71-68—139.
“Justin hit the ball well but when he did have a bad shot off the tee he made up for it and was able to get up and down the hole for par,” coach Chad Green said.
Sophomore Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) placed sixth with 76-68—144. He shaved five strokes off his previous-best 73.
“He putted well today and made a couple of birdie putts,” Green said. “I was happy to see him put up a good round.”
Junior Jacob Anderson (Treynor) shot 78-75—153 for 20th and sophomore Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.) tied for 21st at 78-76—154. Sophomore David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry) shot 84-75—159.
For the White team, freshman Jared Nepomuceno (Corona, Calif., Santiago HS), the tourney’s first-round leader, finished fourth at 67-74—141. Sophomore Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS) tied for 11th at 78-72—150 and sophomore Clay Curwin (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) tied for 15th at 77-74—151. Senior Erik Grunder (Wilton) shot 79-78—157 while junior Bryan Laraia (Ankeny) had 82-77—159.
It’s the third straight tournament the Dutch have rallied in the second round.
“We’re still a super young team and our inexperience showed at times but I’m pretty happy we came back for second and beat a solid St. Francis team,” Green said.
With one tournament left before the Iowa Conference championships, Green is searching for a consistent lineup in the top five.
“We had some golfers step up this week and throw a wrench into things, but we have another qualifier and another tournament,” he said. “It’s exciting to see how well some of the younger players are doing.”
Central heads to Storm Lake Friday and Saturday for the Buena Vista Invitational, staged at the Lake Creek Golf Course. A three-way tiebreaker for first left the Dutch in third place at the 19-team tourney last year.