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Scots narrowly miss podium at home invite

April 5, 2013

Kimarri Campbell / The Courier - Ryan Suttles works on his game during indoor practice. The junior fired rounds of 75-77 at last weekend's invitational.

Most years the spring golf season brings slightly warmer weather, rain and windy conditions. This year MC’s men’s golf team faced unusual spring conditions as snow was removed before starting the first round of the Fighting Scots Invitational.

The Scots men’s golf team took on some of the best teams in the Midwest region in route to a 4th place finish in last weekend’s two-day tournament held at Gibson Woods Golf Course in Monmouth.

Illinois Wesleyan University, 6th in the national rankings, placed first with a 36-hole total of 573. Behind Illinois Wesleyan was University of St. Francis with a 594 and Millikin University who fired a 602. Monmouth College followed with 604, 299-305 good enough for fourth place. Monmouth’s white fired 636 placing 6th and Monmouth grey placed 8th, 656.

Senior Brandon Kemerling placed 12th overall and first for Monmouth with a 36 hole total of 141, 76-73. Kemerling had much to say about the condition of the course and his team’s performance.

“The course played fair considering we were the first people to play it in 2013. The greens keeper had to literally shovel snow off three of the greens the day before the tournament.” Kemerling added, “I thought we came to play with the right mindset of staying patient with the course conditions.”

Following Kemerling was senior Britt Bothast tied for 13th with a 74-77, 151. Senior Cory Fell fired a 36-hole total of 152, 74-78. Rounding out the scoring for the Scots was junior Ryan Suttles who’s 36-hole totaled 152, 75-77 tied for 15th.

After the round, Ryan Suttles discussed the team’s start to the season. “I’m very pleased with the way our team played this weekend. This was a great start even though it was a fourth place finish, you can’t go wrong with a two day total of 604.”

Suttles added, “It was just a few miss hit shots that cost us, we really didn’t play bad.”

MC’s men’s golf team looks to avenge last weekend’s loss as they travel to Normal’s Ironwood Golf Club this weekend for the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational.

Mike Olszewski
Contributing Writer

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