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ANKENY—Three Central College men’s golf teams opened play at the Grand View Viking Classic Thursday and not a single Dutch golfer posted a score in the 80s as the Red squad fired 289 and is tied with the host Vikings atop the leaderboard.
“It was a pretty good day,” coach Chad Green said. “It was a really solid effort from all of our golfers. We’re deep, which is our strength. It was great to see.”
Playing the par-71 Otter Creek Golf Course, junior Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS) shot even par to lead the top Central team. Classmate David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) carded 72, followed by juniors Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) and Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.), who each finished with 73. Sophomore Jared Nepomuceno (Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) rounded out the lineup with 74.
“There were some low scores,” Green said. “It was a cold morning, but the day warmed up and the scores got better. We left some shots out there, but that’s why we play two rounds.”
Central’s second squad, the White team, shot 299 behind junior Clayton Curwin’s (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) 71. Seniors Mike Maller (Davenport, Central HS) and Bryan Laraia (Ankeny) and sophomore Sam Houge (Urbandale) tallied 76 apiece, while sophomore Walker Adams (Osceola, Clarke HS) finished with 78.
The third Dutch team, the Black squad, carded 304. Senior Jacob Anderson (Treynor) led the way with 74, followed by junior Tyler Woodruff’s (Tucson, Ariz., Salpointe Catholic HS) 75. Freshman Tyler Ham (South Bend, Ind., John Adams HS) tallied 77, while classmates Kacie Broeg (Burlington, Notre Dame HS) and Brock Morris (Manchester, West Delaware HS) put up 78 each.
“We’ve been in this position before, where we have been in the lead or tied for the lead after one round,” said Green. “Now we have to go out there and finish.”
Complete statistics from Thursday's round were not yet available.
Friday’s final round is a 9 a.m. shotgun start.