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Suttles places in regional tournament

September 13, 2013

Britt Bothast / The Courier - Ryan Suttles tees off on hole eight on the Canyon Course at The Trappers Turn Golf Club.

Monmouth College men’s golf team beat the heat this weekend to place ninth out of 27 teams at the Midwest Regional Classic.

Senior Ryan Suttles lead the team with a 12th place finish scoring 221 (113-108). “The course was just great to play on,” Suttles said, “greens were rolling really well and there wasn’t much wind.” This made it easier to hit the ball straight said Suttles. “We practiced really hard,” attributing preparation to his 12th place finish out of 147.

With four seniors and one sophomore competing for the Scots, Monmouth came out on top against Midwest Conference rivals St. Norbert College and Carroll University firing a 913 (462-451) in the 54-hole tournament at Trapper’s Turn Golf Club this Sunday and Monday.

Sophomore Drake Decker came through firing a 225 (111- 114), Senior David Blake fired a 229 (115- 114) while fellow Senior Mike Olszewski shot 238 (123- 115). After a strong finish in the first tournament senior Mike Olszewki said, “It feels awesome and rewarding that we can all be there competing and play well at the same time. It’s our senior year, and our last year.”

Senior Jared Johnson echoed Olszewski and Suttles thoughts. He said, “Overall, this course was perfect,” and attributed his efforts to the rest of the seniors, “I wanted to play for them.” Johnson fired 241 (123- 118).

The seniors had positive things to say about the course and the weather for the tournament weekend. “The course was just great to play on,” said Suttles. Johnson added, “This course was actually perfect. We couldn’t have played a better course for our first tournament.”

Different seniors displayed strengths throughout the tournament. “I’ve never hit my driver so far and straight in my life. I felt like I was able to get up and down from everywhere on the course,” said Olszewski.

When asked of his feelings about how he played, Johnson said that his putting was “very consistent.” Suttles said he was happy with all of his teammates and how they played in the first tournament of the year.

Men’s golf will compete against Augustana College at Gibson Woods Golf Course this Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Vike-Fire-Scot Invitational.

Erica Anderson
Contributing Writer

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