31 Iowa Conference titles
ST. LOUIS, MO.—Fueled by individual leader Adam Squires’ (junior, Waterloo, Columbus HS) 1-under-par 69, the Central College men’s golf team leads the 15-team Webster Gorlok Invitational by two strokes at the 18-hole turn following a 295.
“There are ranked teams here, so to be on top is a great performance,” coach Chad Green said. “We try to go out there and win every round and it’s a two-day tournament, so we need to go out there and prove that today was not a fluke.”
Playing the par-70, 6,272-yard Forest Park Golf Course, Squires and sophomore Jared Nepomuceno (Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) each finished in the top five individually to lead Central’s first team, the Red squad. Nepomuceno finished three shots back of Squires with 72.
“I’m really happy with our top performers,” said Green. “Adam is talented and played solid golf, tallying five birdies on the day. Jared also played good golf. He limited the big numbers on the scorecard and struck the ball well, which is what he’s done his whole career.”
Juniors Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.) and David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) each carded 77, while classmate Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) rounded out the varsity lineup with 82.
“The most impressive thing so far this season is that we’ve had multiple players finish under par,” Green said. “We’re deep and each player can post a low score.”
Central’s second team, the White squad, sits fourth after its entire lineup finished sub-80.
Senior Mike Maller (Davenport, Central HS) led the unit with a 72, tying Nepomuceno for fourth. Junior Clay Curwin (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) was also a top-10 finisher with a 74 in tying for ninth.
Sophomores Sam Houge (Urbandale) and Walker Adams (Osceola, Clarke HS) carded 76 and 77, respectively, while freshman Brock Morris (Manchester, West Delaware HS) rounded out the lineup with a 79.
“Jon (Prescott), David (Watson) and Brock had tough starts, but grinded out numbers we needed,” said Green. “They could’ve cashed it in, but they didn’t. I was happy to see the mental progress they made. If we put together some better starts, we will see even lower numbers.
“To have two squads shoot sub-300 is great. We have 10 good golfers. It’s tough as a coach to figure out who will have the best day, but I’m happy with both teams.”
Freshmen Tyler Ham (South Bend, Ind., John Adams HS) and Kacie Broeg (Burlington, Notre Dame HS) competed as individuals, each shooting 82.
The top five teams are separated by a mere five strokes. Spalding is second with 297, followed by Dubuque in third with 298. Edgewood is fifth with 300.
Dubuque’s Eric Wolfe and Edgewood’s Kenny Rucker are tied with Squires in the medalist race.
Competition continues with Monday’s final round at 10 a.m. at Sunset Country Club.