Dobernecker 5th in wind-blown men’s golf tourney

DECATUR, ILL.— Central College Sophomore Harold Dobernecker (sophomore, nevada) continued his recent Resurgence, tying for fifth place at the Millikin (Ill.) University Take Back the Night Challenge men’s golf tournament Saturday.

Playing through fierce winds that gusted up to 50 miles per hour, Dobernecker shot 73-77-150 in the 36-hole tourney, which was staged at the Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth, Illinois on Friday and the Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur Saturday.

“Harold had a really solid tournament for us,” Coach Mel Blasi said. “His ball striking was spot on and he was very good around the greens. It’s nice to see him back on the track.”

But the Winds took a toll on the Dutch team score, soaring to 334 after a 308 Friday to finish at 642, tying for sixth in the 12-team field. Junior college power Parkland (Ill.) Won with 294-298-592. American Rivers foe Nebraska Wesleyan University was fourth at 303-325-628.

Drake Hamilton (freshman, Westlake, Texas, Keller HS) shot 79-83-152, John Oltman (sophomore, Pella) had 82-84-166, Drew Rogers (freshman, Sullivan, Ill.) had 77-90—167 and Cole McGriff (freshman, Grinnell) had 79-90—159.

Lucas Wendel (junior, LeClaire, Pleasant Valley HS) led Central’s at-large entrants at 73-81—154 to place 12th, Jacob Moffett (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) had 79-81—160 and Dustin Haines (junior, Sigourney) had 79-85—164.

“It was a very disappointing day for us,” Blasi said. “We didn’t navigate the Winds very well. The conditions were the same for everybody and the other teams did fine. We had some big numbers and those scores shoot you right out of it.

“Complaining about the wind doesn’t do any good. You have to figure out what you need to do to keep the ball in play.”

The 54-hole American Rivers Conference Tourney is set for Thursday through Saturday at Geneva Golf and Country Club in Muscatine. Central, which has won 32 league titles, tied for third last spring with the University of Dubuque. Nebraska Wesleyan topped Loras for the title. Dobernecker is a returning all-conference player, finishing sixth last year. Wendel, Haines and Oltman also competed in last year’s tournament.

But they’re challenged by several teammates trying to land a spot in the varsity lineup this week. There’s been little separation, Blasi said.

“My biggest challenge is figuring out which five guys to play,” he said.

Blasi expects Nebraska Wesleyan to contend for the title again but tabs at Luther College as a favorite.

“Luther has got two really strong players at the top of their lineup,” he said. “They have some experience.”

But Blasi got as many as five or six squads could be in the thick of the chase.

“If we execute shots like I know we’re capable of, we’ll do well,” he said.

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