IOWA CITY — The Central College men’s golf team showed its youth Tuesday, sliding to ninth in the 10-team, 36-hole Central Fall Classic.
The Dutch first unit, the Red squad, finished at 331-337—668, as four of the team’s five players saw scores rise on the back nine. Central’s second team, the White squad, shot 331-334—665 and placed eighth.
The tourney was staged at the par-71 Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, site of next spring’s American Rivers Conference tourney.
Nebraska Wesleyan University carded a 307-300—607 to top the 10-team field. Nebraska Wesleyan’s Alex Kubik used an eagle to fuel a sizzling 3-under-par round and took medalist honors with 76-68—144 for a 10-shot individual win. William Penn University followed at 331-303—634 while Waldorf University shot 315-330—645.
Central’s scores were tightly bunched. Sophomore Lucas Wendel (LeClaire, Pleasant Valley HS) shot 81-86—167, tying classmate Kyle Gabos (sophomore, Plymouth, Minn., Maple Grove HS) who had 84-83—167 and freshman Harold Dobernecker (Nevada) who had 85-82—167. Freshman Matt Briggs (Burlington, Notre Dame HS) shot 81-87—168 and Nic Kauffman (freshman, Victoria, Minn., Chanhassen HS) shot 85-86–171.
Central’s best finish came from White team member Mitch McComber (senior, Redlands, Calif., Citrus Valley HS) with 79-84--164. Jake Moffett (freshman, Mount Pleasant) shot 83-84—167.
“Golf is a game of confidence and right now we’re struggling to find it,” coach Mel Blasi said. “We’ll go along pretty well and then get a hole where we make a big score and we start pressing.
“We’re a young team and they’re thinking too much about what they’re going to shoot instead of taking it shot by shot.”
But Blasi said progress is coming.
“There’s no substitute for experience,” he said. “They’re mostly freshmen and sophomores and we want them to be good right now but the reality is it takes time.”
Central finishes its fall season next Monday and Tuesday at the Grand View Invitational at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny.