Decatur, IL – The men’s golf team finished up the 2-day, 36-hole Weist Foundation Classic hosted by Millikin University and scored a two-day team total of 630 (318/312).  Conditions were the best they’ve been to date with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s with a light breeze.  Day one was played at the 6,713-yard par-72 Red Tail Run Golf Club designed by Raymond Floyd while Day two was held at the 6,848-yard par-72 Hickory Point Golf Course.  Hunter Bettis led the Lynx attack with a two-day total 156 (76/80) followed by Jordan Nelson’s 157 (80/77) and Peter Greening’s 158 (80/78).  Hunter Leach had a huge turnaround on Day two with a solid 77 for a two-day total of 166.  Brandon Savage finished with a 166 (82/84).

Head coach Jeff Nelson said after the tournament, “We haven’t had very many competitive rounds to date much less decent conditions so our goal as a team was to fire a 310.  We just missed out on Day 2 with a 312 so we’re getting there.  Once we reach that goal, we will re-assess what we need to do to get to the 300 level as a team.  Bettis and Nelson haven’t hit their full stride or potential as of yet, which is perfectly fine given that the Region isn’t until the first weekend in May.  Greening has shown what he’s capable of doing and I think he still has another level in his game.  As it is with most golfers, the short game is where we need to spend more time.  Gauging the speed of the greens and the firmness of the putting surface needs to be picked up much sooner in the rounds.  We head up to Oak Brook Golf Club on Thursday, so I’m hoping we continue to trend towards the low 300’s as a team.”

Next tournament is Thursday, April 21st at the Elmhurst Spring Invitational at Oak Brook Golf Club and is scheduled for a 9:00am shotgun start.

(Photos are left: Hunter Leach finishing his swing on the par-3 4th hole;  right: Hunter Bettis picks his ball out of the cup after draining a par putt)

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