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Dutch third by a single stroke at men’s golf tourney

Men's golf | March 31, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO.—The Central College men’s golf team led after Sunday’s opening round of the 15-team Webster Gorlok Invitational, but finished third with a 295-312—607, one stroke back of Spalding and Dubuque for the team title.

Playing the par-72, 6,627-yard Sunset Country Club course, the top five teams were separated by a mere 12 strokes. But Spalding and Dubuque emerged one stroke ahead of Central’s first squad, the White team, while Central’s second squad, the Red team, was fourth.

“It’s always tough to lose a tournament and losing by one shot makes it tougher,” coach Chad Green said. “And to have the lead the day before makes it even tougher.”

The Dutch led Spalding by two strokes and Dubuque by three strokes after the first 18 holes, but the challenging field proved too much.

Sophomore Jared Nepomuceno (Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) led Central’s first team, the Red squad, with 72-78—150, tying for eighth. Junior Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS), who was tied for the individual lead after the first day, finished tied for 10th with 69-83—152. Juniors David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) and Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.) carded 77-78—155 and 77-80—157, respectively, while classmate Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) rounded out the lineup with 82-76—158.

“Desmond bounced back really well today,” Green said. “That was nice to see.”

The White squad finished eight strokes behind the Red squad for fourth place. Senior Mike Maller (Davenport, Central HS) turned in a career effort 72-75—147, tying for medalist honors with Edgewood’s Kenny Rucker.

“Mike deserves a ton of credit,” said Green. “He played tremendous golf and bested some really good golfers. But it has been a reoccurring theme. Every tournament we’ve played, one of our second-team golfers won or tied for the win. We need to get it figured out.”

Junior Clay Curwin (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) and sophomore Sam Houge (Urbandale) each tied for 17th with 155, followed by sophomore Walker Adams’ (Osceola, Clarke HS) 77-81—158. Freshman Brock Morris (Manchester, West Delaware HS) rounded out the lineup with a 79-84—163.

Freshmen Kacie Broeg (Burlington, Notre Dame HS) and Tyler Ham (South Bend, Ind., John Adams HS) competed as individuals, carding 82-86—168 and 81-88—169, respectively.

“We need to learn from this,” said Green. “It’s the second tournament we’ve lost by one shot, so obviously every shot counts. We’re going to see great competition next week and we need to concentrate and compete.”

The Dutch return to the links Friday and Saturday for the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational at Ironwood Golf Course in Normal, Ill. Last season Central finished seventh out of 26 teams at the spring invitational.

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