Winds plague Central men’s golf team again

MARION—Temperatures were more tolerable but fierce winds again sent scores soaring for the Central College men’s golf team Monday at the 36-hole Eagle Spring Classic Monday.
With winds gusting as high as 50 miles per hour, the Dutch closed in seventh place in the 15-team tourney at 329-329—658 on the par-72 Hunters Ridge Golf Course. Host Kirkwood Community College took top honors with 303-299-602. American Rivers rival Luther College was fifth at 314-320—634, Buena Vista University was eighth at 326-336—662 and Wartburg College was 12th at 342-348-690.
Dustin Haines (sophomore, Sigourney), in his first varsity appearance of the spring, strengthened his hold on a roster spot with the team’s low rounds 78-80—158 for the Dutch. He tied for 12th individually as Kolby Schackleford of Kirkwood shot 75-73—148 and tied teammate James Morgan, who shot 72-76—148. They were the only players under 151.
“Dustin was really solid,” coach Mel Blasi said. “He was very consistent. He gave himself a chance to continue in the top five which is a big accomplishment for him.”
Jacob Moffett (freshman, Mount Pleasant) followed at 80-83–163, Matt Briggs (freshman, Burlington, Notre Dame HS) had 84-84–168, Harold Dobernecker (freshman, Nevada) had 91-82—173 and Lucas Wendel (sophomore, Le Claire, Pleasant Valley HS) shot 87-88—175.
Harold Dobernecker got off to a bad start but came back and shot 38 on the back nine, which really helped our team score,” Blasi said.
Kyle Gabos (sophomore, Plymouth, Minn., Maple Grove HS) shot 80-79–159 and Wyatt Crosby (senior, Ottumwa) had 84-87–171.
Kyle Gabos was very solid,” Blasi said. “He’s getting better at hitting shots in the wind.”
But Blasi is looking for better results when the young Dutch compete at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational Friday and Saturday at Ironwood Golf Course in Normal, Illinois.
“I was disappointed in our finish but not disappointed in our effort,” Blasi said. “I still have good feelings about this group. They don’t mind hard challenges.”
Blasi is not only eager for better scores, but calmer conditions.
“I don’t recall a year as windy as this one in 30 years of coaching,” he said.

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