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Scots’ Golf heating up in final stretch

April 22, 2016

Anthony Matozzi / The Courier - Junior Dalton Anderson drives the ball at the start of a hole.

Over the weekend, the Monmouth College golf team had finishes of 3rd and 2nd places, firing season lows. On Friday they traveled to Springfield for the Blueboy Invite at The Rail where the Scots took 3rd place; a two-day total of 323-310-633.

On Sunday, the Sots fired a 309 at the Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford, IL where the Conference Tournament will be held in little over a week. Conference Rival Carroll edged out the Scots by one stroke. The 309 is the lowest round for the Scots this spring and gives them high hopes heading into the last couple weeks of the season.

“This past weekend was a pretty productive, revealing weekend. It was a good way to see how the six of us could play on a couple of tough courses and on three consecutive days,” said junior Nate Jacobs who scored two rounds in the 70’s over the weekend. “As a team, I think we figured out what we needed to do and how to do it. Saturday we played a good round on the same course, posting four scores in the 70s to finish that tournament strong.”

Drake Decker led the team on Friday with a 3-over par 75. Decker finished the tournament with a 77 on Saturday placing him in 7th overall. Freshman Nate Monroe also had an impressive tournament with a 12th place with an 82 on Friday and a 77 on Saturday.

Sunday featured Monroe’s first top 10 finish of his young career leading the way with a 7th place 75.

“We’re all feeling pretty confident about the upcoming conference tournament and that its great to see that we’re all coming together as a team,” said Monroe. “Were all putting up some low scores, and showing other teams what Monmouth can really do.”

Senior Evan Bean and Nate Jacobs also scored for the Scots posting a two-day total of 160 and 162 respectively. Juniors Luke Kreiter and Dalton Anderson finished out the scores with Kreiter’s two-day total of 168 and Anderson’s 174.

Jacobs charted with a 77 while Decker had a six-over 78. Kreiter followed with the fourth score in the seventies with a 79. Bean fired an 82 while Anderson’s 85 rounded out the scores for the Scots.

“Sunday was a big day for us since it was against most of our conference teams and on the course we play at our conference tournament,” said Jacobs. “We were excited to see where we stood in that tournament.”

This weekend the Scots will play host to a number of teams at The Fighting Scots Invitational at Gibson Woods. This competition will be the last tournament before the MWC Championships. Tee times for the weekend are 1:00 p.m. for Saturday and 8:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Connor Gillen
Sports Contributor

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