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Scots head into conference with momentum

April 28, 2016

Senior Drake Decker putts the ball for a birdie / Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

The Monmouth College men’s golf team shot their season low this past weekend at the Fighting Scots Invitational at Gibson Woods. The 306-307 weekend was good enough to place fourth out the field of 12, and gave the team momentum heading into conference this weekend.

“Home tournament was a great way for us to get some confidence heading into the conference tournament,” said senior Evan Bean. “We all played very well the past two weeks and that will hopefully continue.”

Junior Luke Kreiter led the red team by carding a 74 on Saturday with a 78 on Sunday, good enough to finish tied for twelfth place. Nate Jacobs followed Kreiter’s lead with a 77-79 tournament, while Drake Decker followed his 80 with a team best 74 on Saturday.

Bean charted a 75 on Saturday but failed to keep it in the 70s on Saturday posting an 81. Nate Monroe rounded out the scoring for the red team finishing with a 79 on Sunday after an 81 on Saturday.

The Monmouth College white team improved from its 330 score on Saturday with a 322 on the final day. Freshman Mason Ely led the charge for the white team with a consistent weekend of 79-80.

Junior Dalton Anderson, who will be the 6th man this weekend at conference, followed up is 82 on Saturday with a score of 79 on Sunday.

“It was nice to post some good scores at our home course right before the conference tournament,” said Anderson. “We are all coming off some of our best rounds of the year in the past two weeks, so we have high expectations, but we all know that we have to take it one shot at a time.”

The Monmouth College black team finished a couple spots behind the white team with a 340-343 weekend. The team was led by Junior Riley Van Velsor who shot an 82 on Sunday after an 87 on Saturday. Freshman Braden Williams carded an 84-85 for the tournament.

The Scots travel to Aldeen Golf Course in Rockford, IL this weekend for the Midwest Conference Tournament.

“The weather doesn’t appear to be the best for the tournament, but it’s nothing that we haven’t played in before,” said Bean “The conditions are the same for every competitor, so we just have to stay focused on one day at a time.”

Play begins on Thursday continuing through Saturday. Dalton Anderson tees off first for the Scots at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. The winner of the tournament will move on to nationals in Rochester, NY.

Connor Gillen
Sports Contributor

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