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Courtesy: USF Athletics

Men's Golf Takes 9th at Missouri Intercollegiate

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 09/05/2012
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The University of Sioux men's golf team recorded 9th place out of 16 participating teams at the Missouri Intercollegiate in Sunrise Beach, Mo. 

USF compiled a team score of 944 (+80) after three rounds at the 7,036-yard, Jack Nicklaus designed Club at Porto Cima. The Cougars posted identical rounds of 317 (+29) on Tuesday before shaving seven shots off their final round with a 22-over par 310 on Wednesday morning.  

“We came down here knowing that it would be a good field and a very competitive tournament on a very hard course,” head men’s golf coach Jenny Coluccio said. “We wanted to show our freshmen what big time NCAA D-II golf was about, and I think they now have a pretty good grasp of the caliber of play at this level.” 

NCAA Division II regional golf powers William Woods and Central Missouri battled back and forth throughout the event before William Woods fired a 306 (+18) today to beat the Mules by three shots, 907 (300-301-306) to 910 (313-294-313). Missouri Southern State, Missouri Western State and Drury University rounded out the top five. 

The Cougars were led by true freshman and former Watertown standout Nick Gottsleben, who shot a three-round score of 229 (77-76-76, +13) to finish in a tie for ninth place.  

“Nick is a strong and steady player,” Coluccio said. “He did a nice job of not playing outside his means throughout the tournament.” 

Senior Levi Smith (Washington) penciled in the lowest team score of 74 in the final round and followed Gottsleben with a total score of 234 (80-80-74, +18) to tie for 30th overall. Fellow senior Jordan Mueller finished with a 238 (76-82-80, +22) and tied for 39th. 

Freshman Andrew Nelson tied for 58th with a 29-over par 245 (84-79-82), while classmate and former Sioux Falls Christian teammate Jon Van’t Hul finished in a tie for 70th overall with a three-round score of 254 (91-83-80). 

“We played well in a lot of spots and not so well in some others, but I saw a lot of positives the last two days,” Coluccio said. “We now have 10 days to practice and focus on the conference slate.”

The Cougars return to action on September 16 at the Wildwood Lodge Invitational in Lake Elmo, Minn.

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