Golf team places 4th in final fall meet

The men’s golf team wrapped up its fall season with a fourth-place finish in a nine-team tournament in Decatur, Illinois, that was composed primarily of Illinois college teams.

Senior  Jake Grabner led the way for the Duhawks, tying for third place among more than 50 competitors in the individual standings. Grabner finished 1-over-par (143) for the 36-hole tournament, three strokes behind the individual  champ, Cole Pickett, of Webster.

The Country Club Classic initially was delayed due to inclement weather, but the two-day, 36-hole tournament eventually took place. 

Senior Jake Grabner tied for third place in the individual standings at a nine-team tournamnt in Decatur, Illinois.

Grabner started the tournament strong and finished strong. He shot a 70 for a 1-under-par effort on the first day of the meet. A bigger challenge would be awaiting him on the second day.

The second day was hot, and the winds were flirting with 10 mph throughout the day from the southwest, and many of the competitors had difficulty avoiding trouble.  The wind meant that most of the players took at least another five to 10 strokes on the second day .

But Grabner was a model of consistency, finishing among the top five golfers on both days. He shot a 70 on the first day and a 73 on the second.

In the meantime, two of Grabner’s teammates finished strong, enabling the Duhawks to climb the standings as a team..

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Jon is currently a junior who is double-majoring in Media Studies and Public Relations. He is heavily involved at Loras as a campus photographer, residential adviser, and a sports editor for the school newspaper, The Lorian.

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