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Central shoots even par, wins Viking Classic

Men's golf | April 18, 2014

ANKENY—Junior Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.) fired a second-round 2-under-par 69 as the Central College men’s golf team carded an even par 284 en route to 289-284—573 and the Grand View Viking Classic title Friday.

“I’m really happy with our play this week,” coach Chad Green said. “We were finally on the right end of that one-stroke result. It was great.”

The 18-hole second-round, five-man team score of 358 shatters the 37-year-old record of 368 set at the Pella GC against Simpson.

The Dutch finished one stroke ahead of host Grand View, which was led by medalist Tyler Christians’ 69-67—136. The Vikings are ranked No. 8 in NAIA.

“Grand View is a talented team year in and year out,” said Green. “To beat them on their home course takes a good effort.”

Playing the par-71 Otter Creek Golf Course, Prescott and junior Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS) each shot even par for the 36-hole event, with Prescott finishing 73-69—142 and Squires posting 71-71—142. Juniors Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) and David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) shot 73-71—144 and 72-74—146, respectively, while sophomore Jared Nepomuceno (Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) rounded out the lineup with 74-73—147.

“The Red team played great golf,” Green said. “As a coach, I couldn’t have asked for much more. Jon shot the low score and Adam was very consistent.

“When you throw out a 74, it’s a good day. And we did that both days.”

Central’s second squad, the White team, was led by junior Clayton Curwin’s (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) 71-72—143. Sophomore Sam Houge (Urbandale) tallied 76-73—149, while seniors Mike Maller (Davenport, Central HS) and Bryan Laraia (Ankeny) carded 76 in all four rounds, totaling 152. Sophomore Walker Adams (Osceola, Clarke HS) finished with 78-80—158.

Senior Jacob Anderson (Treynor) led the third Dutch team, the Black squad, with 74-74—148. Freshman Tyler Ham (South Bend, Ind., John Adams HS) tallied 77-76—153, while classmate Kacie Broeg (Burlington, Notre Dame HS) carded 78-76—154. Junior Tyler Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz., Salpointe Catholic HS) and freshman Brock Morris (Manchester, West Delaware HS) each shot 155.

“Our depth is incredible,” said Green. “We didn’t have an individual make the all-tournament team, but our top squad won and only two of our 30 individual rounds reached 80.

“I’ll take that any day.”

Complete statistics were not yet available.

The invitational signals the close of Central’s regular season, as the Dutch return to the links for the first two rounds of the Iowa Conference tournament next Friday and Saturday. The first 36 holes will be played at Finkbine Golf Course, the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, in Iowa City.

“Before we played this invitational, I told our team we needed to get the momentum moving in our direction,” Green said. “And we did. We are playing with a lot of confidence and we need to keep it going for four more rounds.”

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