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ISSUE 120 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 4/20/2007

Golfers open spring season

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, April 20, 2007

This weekend, the St. Olaf men's golf team went to the Buena Vista Invitational in Storm Lake, Iowa and finished 22nd out of 24 squads. Nebraska Wesleyan took the tournament with a total score of 575. Bror Herrick '‘08, Andrew Peterson ‘'10, Mack Traynor '‘09, Brian Roach ‘'07, and Drew Hoffman '‘07 were the top five scorers for the Oles, with a final score of 652.

This year's co-captains are Bob Hunter '‘08 and Brian DeLaitsch '‘07, a “true team leader,” and probable team MVP, according to head coach Glen Peterson.

The team was scheduled to attend the Wartburg Invitational during the first weekend in April, only to have the meet cancelled.

As with most teams this spring, the weather has been working against the Oles.

“"We have had trouble getting practice time, because the golf course only opened last week," Peterson” said.

In addition to foul weather conditions, the team also has to face the academic pressure St. Olaf has to offer. Usually, meets will be scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, and many athletes are unable to attend because they cannot miss two days of classes.

Peterson, a 1979 graduate of St. Olaf, is finishing his first season with the men's golf team. During his time at at the college he was a three-time golf letter winner and team MVP. From 1977-1979, he was the MIAC conference runner-up, and from 1986-1990 he played professionally and had four victories in PGA competitions.

“"The program is just getting off the ground and still has a long way to go,"” Peterson said about St. Olaf.

Peterson's long-term goals include trying to build the golf program to a respectable level of competition in MIAC, as well as the regional and national levels.

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