Herrmann captures IIAC title on the links

The men’s golf team finished 7th overall in the 2012 IIAC Men’s Golf Championship this past weekend. Individually, junior Sam Herrmann took home conference champion honors by a three stroke margin.

Heading into the final two rounds of tournament play, Herrmann was in a three-way tie for first place with Garrett Cross of Coe and Justin Livingston of Central. Following a round of 74 on Friday, Herrmann found himself two shots off the lead heading into the final day of play.

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Junior Sam Herrmann loads up in his backswing as he powers his way to the top of the leader board against IIAC competition.

“I knew I needed to post a good score, especially since I was one of the first groups teeing off,” said Herrmann “I needed to get going early in order to post a good score.”

Herrmann did just that, carding the second lowest score of all golfers in the final round, a 73, to win the tournament by three strokes over Luther’s Tobias Kohl.

“I didn’t find out I won until I checked the scores myself, but what gave it away was the Luther coach coming up to me and congratulating me. It didn’t really hit me at first, but as far as emotions go, I was extremely happy and relieved after waiting for two hours to see what Kohl (Luther) shot,” said Herrmann.

As a team, the Duhawks entered the final two rounds of play in 7th place and 7 strokes away from moving ahead of the University of Dubuque. The team shot a total score of 644 in the final two rounds of play, a 28 stroke improvement, but were unable to move up any spots on the leaderboard and finished the tournament 7th overall.

Following Herrmann on the leaderboard was: sophomore James Komorowski who finished 31st overall, first-year Drew Massey finished two strokes behind Komorowski, placing 32nd overall, first-year Alex Beck, and sophomore Bubba Carter finished 37th and 38th overall respectively.

Last year the Duhawks finished 3rd overall in the Iowa Conference Championship with two strokes separating them from a second place.

Herrmann placed third overall last season with a score of 306. He shot 5 strokes better this time around to claim the leaderboard.

“Last season, I was the lone leader after the first 36 holes. I had never been in that position and put too much pressure on myself. I was in a similar position this year and was able to build off last years’ experience and not put as much pressure on myself. Coach also helped calm me down and keep me in the moment throughout the tournament,” said Herrmann.

Herrmann also grabbed IIAC Male Athlete of the Week for his performance on the links to card a total of 301. The young Duhawk squad will be graduating one senior this year, Aaron Dunn.

Herrmann will continue to lead the team into next season which has been the case for the past two years. Massey and Beck posted several solid finishes this season and with one season under their belt will be relied on heavily next season.

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