31 Iowa Conference titles
WEST DUNDEE, ILL.-Juniors Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) and David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) topped the charts as the Central College men’s golf team competed at the Carthage College (Wis.) Tim Kopka Memorial Tournament Saturday.
The Dutch were third in a 16-team field, but finished behind two teams from Carthage. The Carthage varsity shot 299-280--579 for a comfortable 26-stroke victory over the Carthage reserves, who were at 304-301--605. Central shot 304-311--615.
Stoll and Watson both shot 153 for the 36-hole tourney at the par-72 Randall Oaks Country Club. Stoll turned in a 75-78, while Watson had 77-76. They tied for 19th, 13 strokes behind the tourney medalist. Adam Squires (junior, Waterloo, Columbus HS) carded 77-78-155, while Jared Nepomuceno (sophomore, Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) carded 75-81-156 and Jon Prescott (junior, Mendota, Ill.) shot 78-79-157.
“We found out a lot about ourselves and what we need to work on,” coach Chad Green said. “We hit the ball better than our score, but we did not do well with our short game. It was a shorter course than we typically play and we did not manage the course that well.
Central’s second unit, the White squad, also competed in the tourney and Jacob Anderson (senior, Treynor) led all Central golfers with 75-74-149, tying for fifth place overall. Clayton Curwin (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) carded the Dutch single-round low and was next with 73-79-152. Brock Morris (freshman, Manchester, West Delaware HS) finished 77-82-159, Tyler Woodruff (junior, Tucson, Ariz., Salpointe Catholic HS) carded 81-80-161 and Tyler Ham (freshman, South Bend, Ind., John Adams HS) shot 79-86-165.
“Jacob (Anderson) played really well over two days,” said Green. “It was a good thing to see out of him.”
Central also sent two junior varsity teams to a triangular at the par-70 Edmundson Golf Course in Oskaloosa Friday. The Central Black squad recorded a nine-stroke win with 296. Sophomore Wil Hunemuller (Cedar Falls) captured medalist honors with 71.
“It was great to see our teams compete well at William Penn and great for Wil to win medalist honors,” Green said. “It shows that our program has some good depth.”
The Dutch return to the links next Saturday and Sunday for the Dubuque Invitational at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. Last fall Central placed third in an 18-team field at the two-round, par-70 tournament.