AMES — Kyle Gabos (sophomore, Plymouth, Minn., Maple Grove HS) carded a season-low 75 for the Central College men’s golf team at the DMACC Invitational Monday.
The Dutch finished sixth in the 13-team tourney with 311. Iowa Western won with 286, a shot better than Indian Hills.
Hosted by Des Moines Area Community College, the 13-team tourney was staged at the par-71 Ames Golf & Country Club.
Gabos, who tied for 13th individually, bogeyed the last three holes but had an otherwise steady round on a blustery day, coach Mel Blasi said.
“Kyle keeps getting better,” Blasi said. “He’s understanding his game better and keeps improving every time out.”
Jacob Falk of Iowa Western and Antoine Sale of Indian Hills each shot 69 to share medalist honors.
Central freshman Matt Briggs (Burlington, Notre Dame HS) shot 77, Nic Kauffman (freshman, Victoria, Minn., Chanhassen HS) had 79, Harold Dobernecker (freshman, Nevada) had 80 and Wyatt Crosby (senior, Ottumwa) shot 84.
The Dutch also had a pair of at-large entrants. Lucas Wendel (sophomore, Le Claire, Pleasant Valley HS) had 77 and Jacob Moffett (freshman, Mount Pleasant) shot 81.
“Conditions were extremely tough and we had only one player who had played the course before,” Blasi said. “But I thought we played pretty well. We didn’t do some of the little things you need to do to get scores down, especially around the green. We definitely need to improve our pitching and chipping and be able to adapt to the conditions to hit those shots.”
Central serves as the host school for the Central Fall Classic next Monday and Tuesday at the par-72 Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City. The tourney field will include several American Rivers squads as the course is the site of next spring’s conference tournament.