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ISSUE 119 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/24/2006

Spring Preview, Men's Golf: Improvement forthcoming

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor

Friday, March 24, 2006

The St. Olaf men’'s golf team looks to a core of returners as well as a trio of solid newcomers in order to improve upon a ninth-place finish at the fall MIAC Championships.

Mack Traynor '‘09 led the team in the fall with a 78.6 scoring average, highlighted by a 73 at the University of St. Thomas Invitational.

Also guaranteed to contribute this spring is Bob Hunter ‘'08, who is playing golf for the first time as an Ole. Hunter had a fall scoring average of 80, including a personal low of 74 at the St. John’'s Invitational in September. Hunter also won the accolade of Academic All-Conference for the fall season.

Brian DeLaitsch '‘07 returns to the squad as the team'’s undisputed leader. DeLaitsch had a season average of 80 and a season low of 74 in the Twin Cities Classic.

For the men, the spring season is relatively short. Two tournaments make up the season: the 54-hole Gustavus Invitational and the 36-hole Saint John’s Invitational.

The men'’s team plans on vast improvement this spring. Shooting an all-time low team score of 304 at the Saint John'’s Invitational this fall, the squad finished a disappointing ninth out of 10 teams at the MIAC conference meet.

The men'’s spring season will be over in a span of less than a week. Opening on April 16 in the Gustavus Spring Invitational, the men will conclude their season at the St. John'’s Spring Invitational on April 23.

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