31 Iowa Conference titles
DESTIN, FLA. — After a four-day NCAA Division III national tournament, the Central College men’s golf team continued to improve, shaved three strokes off its day-three score and placed 12th overall in an original 41-team field Friday.
Central has appeared in the NCAA tourney 32 times and has placed in the top 10 of the field 11 times. The 12th-place finish was the best showing at the tournament since the Dutch tied for ninth in 2004.
On the par-72 Raven golf course at the Sandestin Golf and Beach resort, Central shot a 306-300-303-300—1209, just one stroke behind 11th-place Greensboro College (N.C.) and three strokes behind St. John Fisher College (N.Y.) and Illinois Wesleyan, both tying for ninth.
“Instead of being tied for 12th, we moved up in the field and claimed our spot,” said coach Chad Green. “I am really proud of how they played, especially since we improved every day. I am very happy with the overall effort.”
Texas-Tyler moved from second place and finished first, shooting a 293-286-299-289—1167. Transylvania (Ky.) placed second with a 288-291-297-298—1174 and Methodist University (N.C.) rounded out the top three, scoring a 290-295-302-301—1188.
Brad Shigezawa of Claremont Mudd Scripps (Calif.) took the top spot in the individual field with a 72-70-69-72—283. Central’s Justin Livingston (senior, Winterset), the lone senior member of the Dutch squad, scored a 77-72-74-76—299, tying for 27th in the individual standings. On the final hole of his career, Livingston tallied a birdie.
“Justin had a heck of a career,” Green said. “He came in as a transfer student and immediately was a big contributor to the team. Not only will his playing be missed, but his attitude and leadership were something to be admired. He is one of the best players I have had the pleasure of coaching.”
Adam Squires (sophomore, Waterloo, Columbus HS) advanced four places up the field, finishing tied for 39th with a 79-77-72-75—303. David Watson (sophomore, San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) placed just one shot behind Squires, scoring a 73-79-78-74—304 and finishing 42nd. Desmond Stoll (sophomore, Lockport, N.Y.), who shot 79-76-79-75—309, tied for 53rd. Jared Nepomuceno (freshman, Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) shot 77-75-82-83—317 and tied for 72nd.
“Adam, David, Desmond and Jared all played very well during the last day,” Green said. “As younger players, they don’t have as much experience under their belt, and it was great to see them compete at such a high level.”
Green is excited to come back next season with a young squad with a lot of talent.
“I am really looking forward to next season,” he said. “We have a lot of youth on the team, and as they become more mature as players, we can continue the tradition of excellence within the Central College golf program.”