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Central’s Livingston opens with 71 in NCAA golf tourney

Men's golf | May 15, 2012

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FLA.— Justin Livingston (junior, Winterset) fired 1-under-par to lead the Central College men’s golf team into a tie for 12th place after the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championships.

The Dutch carded a 302 on the 6,895-yard Las Colinas golf course at Mission Inn Resort and Club. Tournament host Oglethorpe University (Ga.) is first at 285. The 41-team field will be trimmed to 15 teams and the top six individuals not on one of those teams after Wednesday’s second round in the 72-hole tournament.

Livingston is tied for sixth in the individual standings at 71. He shot 1-under on the front nine with an eagle on the fifth hole and parred the back nine. Anthony Maccaglia of Oglethorpe and Brad Shigezawa of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) lead the 210-player field at 68.

“Justin played solid golf today,” coach Chad Green said. “When he gave himself opportunities he made the most of them and when he put himself in bad situations he got out of them.”

In his national debut, Adam Squires (freshman, Waterloo, Columbus HS) shot even par and is tied for ninth place. He birdied the second hole, bogeyed the sixth and seventh and birdied the 17th.

“It was nice to see Squires come out and play steady golf all day,” Green said. “It was good to see that out of a younger player on a big stage.”

Matt Vegter (senior, Morrison, Ill.) shot 79, Brent Goodenow (senior, Johnston) had 80 and Brent Messmore (senior, Hudson) shot 83.

Green was satisfied with team’s score.

“I’ll take that score today,” he said. “It kind of put us in position, but we were lucky we had two guys step up with low numbers.”

The Dutch play the par-72, 6,926-yard El Campeon Wednesday as they try and maintain a hold in the top 15.

“We need a fourth score tomorrow,” Green said. “I don’t know if we can keep a 79 and an 80 and make the cut. We need to keep the big numbers off the scorecard.”

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