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Scots fall short of expectations in meet

April 8, 2016

Photo provided by Dan Nolan

The Monmouth College Men’s golf team opened up its’ spring season this past weekend at the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational at the Ironwoood Golf Course in Normal, Illinois.

The Scots finished a disappointing 20th place in the tournament totaling a team score of 324, but are looking forward to the rest of the season.

“This past weekend was not the start the team had been expecting,” said senior golfer Evan Bean.” It’s early, and we got the first tournament out of the way.”

The Scots were led by their reigning Conference Champion, senior Drake Decker. Decker had shot a four-over-par 76 and finished tied for 29th overall.

Junior Luke Kreiter was right behind Decker firing a six-over-par 78 finishing him in a tie for 52nd in the field of 111.

A pair of 85’s finished out the scoring for the Scots by freshman Nate Monroe and junior Nate Jacobs. Bean’s score was unable to get posted due to a scorecard discrepancy. The second day was canceled due to the harsh wind conditions.

“Expectations this year as a team is to win conference,” said Bean. “We are ranked 4th in the Conference this year and I believe this will give our team and myself some extra motivation to work harder and prove we are better than expected.”

After a third place finish last year at the Conference Tournament, the Scots are determined to bring back the first place trophy this year.

The Scots will look to brush the dissapointment of this past weekends competition off their shoulders as they look to their big picture goals.

“Last year we struggled a bit and the fact we only lost one key piece from last years conference team is big for us,” said Bean. “I think we are experienced enough now with the course where we can really improve from last year’s finish.”

With the loss of Ethan Lafary from last year’s Conference Team, the team will be in need of someone to step up.

“My expectations this year are to lower my average by 2-3 strokes,” said junior Jordan Junker. “And that our team wins conference because we have a solid group of 8 guys who can compete.”

The Scots will travel this upcoming weekend for the Augustana College Invitational.

Play begins on Friday at 12:00 p.m. at Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, IL and will finish up on Saturday, beginning with a 9:00 p.m. shotgun start at Fyre Lake Golf Course in Sherrard, IL.

Connor Gillen
Sports Contributor

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