31 Iowa Conference titles
IOWA CITY — Slippery greens stymied the Central College men’s golf team Friday, but the Dutch stand in second place after the opening round of the Iowa Conference tournament.
Stiff south winds added to the players’ woes on the par-72 Finkbine Golf Course.
“You put hard and fast greens on a windy golf course, it makes for a tough day,” said coach Andrew Green.
The Dutch, who have claimed 31 league championships, including the past four, shot 327 and trail Wartburg by 3 shots. Luther and Simpson are at 329 and Dubuque shot 337.
David Watson (sophomore, San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) is tied for fifth individually at 81 while Desmond Stoll (sophomore, Lockport, N.Y.), Justin Livingston (senior, Winterset) and Jared Nepomuceno (freshman, Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) are part of a seven-way logjam for seventh place at 82 and Jon Prescott (sophomore, Mendota, Ill.) carded an 87. Wartburg’s Matt Kristensen fired a 74 and holds a 4-stroke lead in the medalist standings.
“We just didn’t have a low round,” Green said. “We had four average rounds. We were missing having somebody shoot a 77 or 78. But for having four scores in the 80s, I’m pretty happy with how we sit (in the team standings). I’m not happy with how we played, though.”
Green said the Dutch failed to adjust to the conditions.
“The greens were hard and just didn’t hold any spin,” he said. “We didn’t hit greens in regulation and then we didn’t chip very well. We lost most of our strokes around the green. That’s something we’re going to have to do better tomorrow.”
But Green notes it’s a 72-hole tournament. After Saturday’s round the tourney moves to the Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids for the final 36 holes next Friday and Saturday.
“I told the team you can’t win it on the first day,” he said. “But the sun’s supposed to come out tomorrow and we just have to come out ready to play. We’ve been a pretty good second-round team all season. We hope to keep that going tomorrow.”