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DUBUQUE— The Central College men’s golf team shaved 28 strokes off its first-round score to place third at the 18-team University of Dubuque Fall Invitational Sunday.
After posting 323 Saturday, the Dutch came back with Sunday’s best round at 295 for 618 at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. Clarke University claimed the team title at 309-298—607, followed by Kirkwood Community College at 308-302—610. Central’s second team, the White squad, tied for fourth at 313-312—625.
“We did what we had to today,” coach Chad Green said. “We kept our composure and stayed mentally tough to post five scores in the 70s.”
David Watson (sophomore, San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) led the Red team at 80-72—152 and tied for seventh. Justin Livingston (senior, Winterset) tied for 11th at 81-73—15 with Jared Nepomuceno (freshman, Carona, Calif., Santiago HS) at 80-78—158, Adam Squires (sophomore, Waterloo, Columbus HS) at 82-76—158 and Desmond Stoll (sophomore, Lockport, N.Y.) at 85-74—159.
“Desmond had a heck of a turnaround after shooting an 85 yesterday,” Green said. “He was 3-over through three holes today and finished at four over. It was great to see him redeem himself.”
Central’s Mike Maller (junior, Davenport, Central HS), competing at-large in his first varsity tourney, placed third in the individual field at 76-72—148. Clarke’s Josh Udelhofen took medalist honors at 71-73—144.
“Mike putted very well and had a good showing for his first tournament at Central,” Green said. “He showed what he can bring to the table.”
On the White squad, Jon Prescott (sophomore, Mendota, Ill.) tied for 14th at 78-77—155. Drew Osier (senior, Austin, Minn.) shot 75-81—156 with Clayton Curwin (sophomore, Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) at 83-77—160, Eric Flores (sophomore, Oceanside, Calif., Vista HS) at 77-83—160 and Jacob Anderson (junior, Treynor) at 84-77—161.
Central travels Minneapolis, Minn., Friday for the 54-hole Twin Cities Classic. Each round is played at a different course.
“It’s a big field that includes a lot of the best teams in the region,” Green said. “We need to go out and play like we did today all three days.”