31 Iowa Conference titles
DUBUQUE — Three Central College players earned all-Iowa Conference honors but the Dutch couldn’t complete their comeback bid in the league men’s golf tourney.
After nearly erasing an 18-shot first-round deficit by pulling within three strokes Friday, Central came no closer Saturday as the University of Dubuque captured its first conference title in 39 years. That ended a three-year championship run by the Dutch. Dubuque finished at 295-306-304-305—1210 while Central followed at 313-295-300-309—1217.
Desmond Stoll (junior, Lockport, N.Y.) was second in the medalist standings, carding a 76-69-77-77—299, 11 shots back of Dubuque’s Eric Wolfe. Adam Squires (junior, Waterloo, Columbus HS) won a playoff for fifth place at 78-76-72-78—304 and David Watson (junior, San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) shared 10th place at 84-70-75-81—310. Meanwhile Jon Prescott (junior, Mendota, Ill.) tied for 14th at 80-80-76-76—312 and Clayton Curwin (junior, Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) was 18th at 79-80-77-78—314.
“There were a lot tougher conditions today,” coach Chad Green said. “Winds were gusting up to 40 mph and they had the tough pins out today, which they should. We didn’t get off the tee too well and we had too many three-putts.”
The first-round struggles left Central with little margin for error.
“We dug a pretty big hole and just couldn’t quite get out,” Green said. “But I’m really proud of our guys. They could have folded it up after that first round but they gave Dubuque a run for the money on their home course.”
It was one of Central’s less-experienced squads of recent years and that showed in the fall campaign.
“I was happy with how we transitioned from the fall season,” Green said. “There were a lot of positives.”
Among those was a sizzling 289-285—573 total the Dutch put up in winning the nine-team Grand View Spring Viking Classic at Otter Creek Golf Club in Ankeny April 17-18. That broke a school record set in 1983.
Green also notes that his entire varsity lineup returns in the fall as the Dutch aim to put the tradition-rich program back in the NCAA tournament.
“We have our top six back,” he said. “We have a bright future ahead of us. Preparation for next season starts tomorrow.”