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Cold winds snuff out the Scots

April 11, 2014

After winning its first tournament at home, the Monmouth College men’s golf team traveled to Illinois Wesleyan University this past weekend to see if they could keep the magic alive and win another tournament before conference starts.

Monmouth College rolled into Illinois Wesleyan with its head held high, but after the first day was well in the hole behind the first place team, the University of Dubuque, by 27 strokes. When asked how the team played last weekend, senior leader Mike Olszewski said, “I feel like our team left a lot of strokes out on the course. Although the conditions were tough there, it is no excuse to play like that. We need to score when we got the chance and we just didn’t do that.”

Monmouth finished with a 322 on day two and finished at 13th place out of the 22 schools that participated. Olszewski also commented on the improvements that needed to be made by the team as a whole. “We need to get up and down more and keep ourselves in the tournament. We need to play better on the first day and continue that into the second day… Right now we aren’t playing as well as we can and that needs to change.”

Even though the men’s next match was only a one-day tournament, this is exactly the mentality the team had going into its third tournament to the Iowa Wesleyan Tiger Classic. The men’s team shot a team total of 316 and placed seventh, a combined 12 strokes better than its previous day one total. Olszweski led the way for the Fighting Scots posting a +5 77 to earn him a place in the top 15.

There is still a long way to go until the Midwest Conference Tournament, which is hosted in Rockford on May 1-3, but the Fighting Scots are already getting prepared to battle. Senior leader Ryan Suttles is optimistic about his chances this season for the Fighting Scots to make its way to Nationals.

“The two main teams we have to worry about are St. Norbert and Carroll…” said Suttles when asked about the competition in conference. “We can’t worry about what (St.) Norbert and Carroll are doing.”

The Fighting Scots have four matches left before the big show in Rockford including a home match on April 26 and 27. Hopefully the Scots can get behind its motivational coach and bring home a conference championship and a trip to Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

Bryant Salyers
Contributing Writer

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