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March 27, 2009

2008-2009 Season - Vikings ready to go for 2009 men's golf campaign

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Head coach Grey Giovanine will be working with a young squad this season as his men’s golf team is filled largely with underclassmen.  “We are a young team overall,” said Giovanine, “but our goal is to improve throughout the spring.”  The Vikings finished eighth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship meet a year ago with a team score of 1,331 strokes.

Junior Zach Kinscherf (Quincy Notre Dame HS, Quincy, Ill.) is one of the veterans on the squad and will be counted on to provide stability for the Vikings.  He finished last season with a scoring average of 83.7 and a low round of 78.  Sophomores Kyle Weigand (Leyden HS, Franklin Park, Ill.) and Cole Wells (Tri-Valley HS, Downs, Ill.) also have good experience.  Weigand was Augustana’s top finisher at the CCIW championship meet last year, placing 26th with a four round total of 333.  He averaged 82.3 shots per round and had a low score of 75.  Wells had the best scoring average on the team a year ago, shooting 77.8 per round.  He also had a low individual round of 73.

Giovanine identified freshman Jordan Henry (Erie HS, Erie, Ill.) as a newcomer who had a strong fall for the Blue & Gold.  Henry led the team with a scoring average of 76.5 this past fall and had a low round of 73 during the team’s three tournaments.  Sophomore Ted Keopple (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) also had a low round in the 70’s with a top score of 79 during the fall.  He averaged 82.0 strokes per round.

The Vikings placed second at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular, fourth at the Red Poling Collegiate Classic and sixth at the 17 team Benedictine Invitational during the fall portion of the season.  Augustana opens its spring schedule at the Prairie Fire Classic on March 27-28 in Galesburg, Illinois.  The team will also host the Augustana Invitational, an 18 team tournament on April 10-11.  Giovanine is hoping to get the event in this year, as it has been cancelled due to bad weather the past two seasons. 

The opening two rounds of the CCIW championship meet take place at The Rail Golf Club in Springfield, Illinois on April 17-18.  The four-round tournament will conclude with the third and fourth rounds taking place on May 1-2 at the Whisper Creek Golf Club in Huntley, Illinois.  This will be the second year where the team champion of the meet will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament.

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand