MARION, ILL.—Central College’s young men’s golf team showed some encouraging signs while closing in sixth place at the 10-team John A. Logan Spring Invitational Tuesday.
The Dutch improved slightly on the scorecard at 318-315—633, but dropped a notch in the team standings. Host John A. Logan College (Ill.) was an easy winner at 295-304-599 while NCAA Division III rival Millikin University (Ill.) was third at 309-313—622 and Concordia University (Wis.) was fourth at 324-305—629.
Freshman Jacob Moffett (Mount Pleasant) tied for 17th individually at 78-76—154 on the par-71 Kokopelli Golf Club. At-large entrants from Division I Southern Illinois University claimed eight of the top 10 individual spots with Matthis Besard taking medalist honors with 79-70—139.
“Jake had a really good tournament for us,” coach Mel Blasi said. “He drove the ball very well and played consistently from tee to green. He has worked really hard in the off-season and you can see the improvements.”
Freshman Harold Dobernecker (Nevada) was next at 78-82—160 with sophomore Kyle Gabos (Plymouth, Minn., Maple Grove HS) at 83-79—162, sophomore Lucas Wendel (Le Claire, Pleasant Valley HS) at 84-78—162 and freshman Matt Briggs (Burlington, Notre Dame HS) at 79-85—164.
Playing as at-large entrants, Wyatt Crosby (senior, Ottumwa) shot 80-79—159 and Dustin Haines (sophomore, Sigourney) had 80-85—165.
“I was really proud of the way Lucas Wendel hung in there today after a rough start,” Blasi said. “We still have a lot of work to do but there were a lot of positives for our first tournament.”