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Watson-led Dutch second at Illinois-Springfield men’s golf invitational

Men's golf | March 15, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO.—The Central College men’s golf team opened up its spring season with a 298 first-round score at the Illinois-Springfield Invitational Saturday, which translated to a runner-up finish after Sunday’s second round was canceled due to predicted inclement weather.

Playing on the par-71 Missouri Bluff Golf Course, the first Dutch unit, the Red team, carded a 298 (+14) to finish tied for second, one shot back of the winning team. Junior David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) tied for medalist honors with a 1-under-par 70. Senior Bryan Laraia (Ankeny) and junior Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS) posted scores of 75 and 76, respectively, while junior Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) closed out the varsity scoring with a 77. Sophomore Jared Nepomuceno (Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) carded an 84.

“We played well today,” coach Chad Green said. “We were only able to get out on the course once before this weekend, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But we were the only Division III team in a Division II tournament and we represented well.”

Central’s second squad, the White team, also boasted a medalist effort from junior Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.). Junior Clayton Curwin (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) also cracked the 80-stroke mark with a 75 as the team finished with 307.

Sophomore Sam Houge (Urbandale) competed as an individual and fired a 75 as the seventh Dutch golfer to turn in a 77 or better.

“Without a lot of play prior to today, I was really happy with how our entire team played,” said Green. “These are the types of performances we need every competition this year.”

With tomorrow’s round canceled, the Dutch turn their focus to Friday’s Hurricane Fusillade Challenge at Bunn, N.C., played at The River at Lake Royale Golf & Country Club.

“We’re just excited to get down there and play some more golf.”

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