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ISSUE 117 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/26/2003

First year leads men

By Julie Gunderson
Sports Editor

Friday, September 26, 2003

The men’s golf team placed fourth in last week’s Carleton Invitational. The team was led by Brian DeLaitsch '07 who shot a 7-over par to take third place in individual scoring. DeLaitsch placed behind St. Mary's Eric Thom and St. John's Andrew Longbella.

The tournament played on the par-72 Northfield Country Club course yielded many low scores throughout the weekend. The Oles were able to place four golfers including DeLaitsch in the top 25.

Pat Gilles '05 shot a 13-over to tie for 8th and Mitch Forderer '06 and Brandt Uthus '04 each shot a 22-over to share 24th place.

The Oles fourth place finish was an improvement over the teams seventh place finish at the St. John's Invitational Sept. 13 and 14.

The team however, scored a season highlight at the tournament when DeLaitsch, on the par-3 145-yard 17th hole hit an incredible 8 iron into the hole. The shot gave DeLaitsch his first career Hole-In-One. DeLaitsch went on to finish fifth out of 80 golfers at the tournament.

This year's Oles are hoping to improve on last year's 8th place finish in the MIAC championship. Anchored by a solid cast of returning players like Uthus, Gilles, and Bryan Hapka '05, along with the upstart play of newcomer DeLaitsch, the team is looking strong coming to the end stretch of the season.

New coach Le Ann Finger who replaces last season's coach Matt McDonald, after McDonald was named Athletic Director, is optimistic as to how the season will progress.

"We have a talented group of men on the team," Finger said. "I look for us to compete well and move up within the conference standings."

Eric Polzin ‘03, who played the past four years for the Oles will assist Finger who is splitting her time between the men and women.

The Oles will next compete at the Twin Cities Classic this weekend. The tournament will be played on three separate courses in the cities: Sept. 27 at Elk River Country Club, Sept. 28 at The Links at Northfork, and Sept. 29 at Wayzata Country Club.

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