32 Iowa Conference titles
BUNN, N.C.—Central College junior Jared Nepomuceno (Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) carded a 1-under-par 70 in windy conditions for a runaway victory in the Hurricane UFO Dispute Friday.
Competing in an eight-team field comprised primarily of junior colleges, Nepomuceno was a 5-stroke winner over teammate Desmond Stoll (junior, Lockport, N.Y.), who shot 75 at The River, a par-71 layout at the Lake Royale Golf and Country Club in Bunn.
Nepomuceno was playing for Central’s second unit, the White team, which placed second with 314. Stoll led the first unit, the Red team, which finished third at 319.
Other White team performers included Tyler Ham (freshman, South Bend, Ind., John Adams HS) and Mike Maller (senior, Davenport, Central HS), who each shot 80 while Bryan Laraia (senior, Ankeny) had 84 and Sam Houge (sophomore, Urbandale) shot 87.
For the first team, Jon Prescott (junior, Mendota, Ill.) and Clayton Curwin (junior, Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) each shot 81, Adam Squires (junior, Waterloo, Columbus HS) had 82 and David Watson (junior, San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) shot 86.
At-large individuals Walker Adams (sophomore, Osceola, Clarke HS) and Brock Morris (freshman, Manchester, West Delaware HS) each shot 79 and Kacie Broeg (freshman, Burlington, Notre Dame HS) shot 84.
Complete tournament results were unavailable at the tourney which was hosted by Louisburg Junior College.
“I was really happy with Jared Nepomuceno,” coach Chad Green said. “Also, Brock Morris, who started 10-over through five holes and finished 8-over. He came on really strong.”
It was not an easy afternoon to score, Green said.
“It was a tough course on a windy day,” he said. “From tee to green it wasn’t that bad but the greens are definitely as tough as we’ll see all year. They’re undulating, they’re slick and there were some really tough pins. There were a lot of putts out there today and not just from our players.”
The Dutch, who have been getting in plenty of preseason practice at some of North Carolina’s many challenging courses, will work on their games a little more before returning to Iowa.
“It was good to get in a competitive round today,” Green said. “Tomorrow will be a practice day. We’ll spend a lot of time on the range and play one more round before we leave on Sunday.”
The Dutch are slated to open the northern portion of their schedule March 30-31 at the Webster Gorlock Invitational in St. Louis, Mo.