31 Iowa Conference titles
IOWA CITY—Following a disappointing opening round Friday at the Iowa Conference tournament, the Central College men’s golf team responded with a 295 for 313-295—608, matching the first-round leader’s score and climbing three spots into second place, seven strokes back.
Playing the par-72, 7,186-yard Finkbine Golf Course for the second time in as many days, the Dutch were 11 strokes better than current leader the University of Dubuque Spartans, who carded 295-306—601.
“That’s what we needed to do today,” coach Chad Green said. “It could’ve and should’ve been better, but 295 is a good score. It puts us back in the mix.”
Junior Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) fired a 3-under-par 69 for 1-over-par 76-69—145 on the weekend, second place individually and five strokes back of Dubuque’s Eric Wolfe in the medalist race.
“Desmond had a game plan and he executed it,” said Green. “He knew he needed to hit fairways and greens. He rolled the ball well and putted well.”
The junior-laden Dutch lineup was propelled by David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS), who improved on his first-round scorecard by 14 strokes for 84-70—154, tying with teammate Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS) and two other golfers for 11th. Clay Curwin (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) carded 80 for 79-80—159, while Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.) matched his first-round score for 160.
“Desmond played really well today to lead us,” Green said. “It was an incredible turnaround by David and Adam played solid golf.”
The top-five teams are separated by a mere 19 strokes. Luther is third with 305-307—612, followed by Simpson’s 304-313—617 and Wartburg’s 308-312—620. Coe, Loras and Buena Vista are sixth, seventh and eighth.
“The league is tough this year,” Green said. “It’s the toughest it has been since I’ve been here. There are five teams that have a good shot at winning the conference.
“We need to go out next weekend and put up two solid scores. We can’t afford another bad round.”
Wolfe is the leader in the clubhouse at 4-under-par, but the next nine golfers are separated by only eight strokes.
The final two rounds will be played at Dubuque Golf & Country Club, the Spartans’ home course. Tee time is set for noon Friday.
“We still have some work to do,” said Green. “Dubuque is a good team and it’s their home course. It won’t be easy.”