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Career and season bests propel the golf teams

September 25, 2015

Photo provided by Dan Nolan.

The men’s and women’s golf teams both turned heads this past weekend with individual season and career lows in scores. The women’s team traveled to Decatur, Illinois to compete in the Millikin Fall Classic at Red Tail Golf Course and the men’s team traveled to Jacksonville, Illinois for the MacMurray Fall Invitational.

The women’s team teed off on Sunday for the second round of the 36-hole event and fired back in a major way after getting off to a slow start on Saturday. Senior Korri Crawford and freshman Kate Ryan both shot career bests to push the Scots to an 11th place finish with a final round score of 352.

Crawford finished with a lifetime-best, 81, after shooting 94 in the first round for a total of 175. She finished tied for 38th out of a field of 101 golfers. Ryan cut 15 strokes off her Saturday score of 99 as she finished with a career-low 84 to earn a 183 total.

“Sunday we came with high expectations of ourselves and we cut our score down quite a bit,” said Crawford. “We’re going to run into not knowing the course again at Whitewater. There will be some very strong competition but it’s what we need to push us the weekend before conference.”

The men’s team had six season-best scores as they split into two squads and competed in the 18-hole invitational on Sunday. The Fighting Scots red team shot a 315 on the Par 72, 5,865 yard course, placing fifth.

The red team was led by junior Nate Jacobs and freshman Nate Monroe. Jacobs shot 76, a team-best which tied him for fifth and Monroe carded in a 79, finishing tied for seventh in a field of 59 golfers.

The white team finished with a score of 324 which earned them a seventh place finish and was led by Juniors Jordan Junker and Connor Gillen who both had career-low scores. Junker shot a 77, tying him for ninth, and Gillen finished with an 81. The teams both had strong front nines but struggled more on the back nine to finish off the day.

“It was harder to get off the tee on the back nine,” said junior Nate Jacobs. “When you don’t get off the tee well, it’s hard to put yourself in scoring positions.”

The Women’s team heads to the UW-Whitewater Invitational on Friday for their last tournament before the Midwest Conference Tournament on October 2. The men’s team travels to Green Lake, Wisconsin to take on the Midwest Region Classic.

Jeff Larsen
Contributing Writer

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