31 Iowa Conference titles
COLUMBUS, OHIO-The Central College men’s golf team sits 10th, tied with host Ohio Wesleyan, after the opening rounds at the prestigious 12-team Gordin Division III Classic.
This year’s classic is being played at the par-72 Columbus Country Club and matches the top 11 Division III teams from last spring’s NCAA championships and host university Ohio Wesleyan.
Central, ranked No. 21 in the latest Golf World/Nike coaches’ poll, shot 310-301-611 on the 36-hole day.
Junior David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) led the Dutch with 74-74-148, nine strokes back of the individual leader. Junior Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) followed with 74-77-151, classmate Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.) shot 78-76-154, senior Jacob Anderson (Treynor) carded 82-77-159 and junior Clayton Curwin (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) had 81-78-159.
“The competition is good,” coach Chad Green said. “This is a good opportunity to compete against teams outside our conference and region, but we need to pick it up. We have not kept an 80-plus round all year and we kept one today. We improved between rounds, but did not play our best. Watson shot solid, but no one on our team shot with him.
“It is a relatively easy course, but you need to hit fairways and today we didn’t do that.”
No. 13 ranked St. John Fisher (N.Y.) leads the team standings with 576, six strokes ahead of top-rated Methodist (N.C.) and No. 9 Wittenberg (Ohio). Mason Stutler of Methodist finished atop the individual leaderboard with 137, also six strokes in front.
Tuesday’s final round begins at 8:30 a.m.