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ISSUE 119 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/23/2005

Men's golf falls short in St. Cloud

By Mendi Destrange
Contributing Writer

Friday, September 23, 2005

The St. Olaf men’s golf team concluded its second tournament of the season this weekend at the St. John’s University Invitational at the Territory Golf Course in St. Cloud, Minn.

Heading into the tournament, the Oles had recently experienced some success, previously shooting a five-year low at the St. Thomas Invitational on Sept. 11 and 12, earning an eighth place finish.

Unfortunately, the Oles finished 14 out of the 15 teams at the St. John’s Invite. Collectively, they shot a 638, 69 strokes over par. Individually, the Oles were led by Bob Hunter ’08, who shot an 82 on Saturday and a 74 on Sunday, for a combined score of 156.

Mack Traynor ‘09 and Brian Delaitsch ’07 also fared well, shooting scores of 158 and 159, respectively, for the two-day tournament.

St. John’s Red team won the tournament by shooting a team score of 593 strokes, which was +17 over par, while Augsburg finished second, followed by Saint John’s Blue team. St. Thomas’ Patrick Bohn was the individual medallist for the tournament, shooting a 73 on Saturday and a 70 on Sunday, for a –1 under par score of 143.

The golfers faced tough playing conditions on Saturday, due primarily to strong winds gusting up to 30 mph.

“As a team I felt we struggled a little on Saturday partly due to the windy playing conditions,” Traynor said. “However, the winds died down on Sunday, which helped improve our scores. Individually, I felt that my short game was pretty consistent on both days, but I struggled a little off the tee.”

The Ole men’s golf team is relatively young this year, as 10 of their 14 members are either first years or sophomores. Nevertheless, the Oles have strong expectations for both the fall and spring seasons.

“We just want to play up to our potential and hopefully contend for a couple of tournaments,” Traynor said.

The men’s golf fall season is relatively short, consisting of only five tournaments.

The Oles’ upcoming competitio is the Carleton Invitational, this Friday and Saturday at the Northfield Golf Club. The fall season concludes with the MIAC Championships and the Twin City Classic held on Oct. 8, 9 and 10.

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