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NORMAL, ILL.—The Central College men’s golf team battled the elements at the 21-team Illinois Wesleyan Invitational, the nation’s top-ranked team’s home tournament, and sits seventh following Friday’s first-round 314.
The invitational includes No. 20-ranked Univ. of Dubuque, No. 25-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan Univ. and Millikin Univ. (Ill.), which is receiving votes. The field also boasts eight schools from last week’s Webster Gorlok Invitational, including co-champion Spalding Univ. (Ky.).
Playing the par-72, 6,563-yard Ironwood Golf Course, players dealt with temperatures were in the 30s and wind gusts up to 30 mph, making for difficult conditions.
“It was extremely windy and cold,” coach Chad Green said. “The course played tough, but everybody had to play it. I thought with these conditions we played well, but other teams played better. It’ll be interesting to see how everybody plays tomorrow.”
Juniors David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) and Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.) led the Dutch with 78 apiece. Classmate Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) and sophomore Jared Nepomuceno (Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) each carded 79 to follow. Senior Mike Maller (Davenport, Central HS) rounded out the lineup with 82.
Central was one of only four teams that did not keep an 80 towards its team total.
Dubuque leads the team race by two strokes over top-ranked Illinois Wesleyan following its first-round 301. Millikin finished third with 306, followed by Nebraska Wesleyan with 309, Parkland CC with 310 and Spalding with 313.
Nebraska Wesleyan’s Cameron Farrell leads the medalist race after a 73, but six players are tied for second with 74.
Competition resumes with Saturday’s 10 a.m. shotgun start.