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June 10, 2009

2008-2009 Season - 2008-09 MEN'S GOLF REVIEW

The Augustana men’s golf team finished the 2008-09 campaign with an overall record of 33-35 after competing in seven events throughout the season.  The team’s best showings were a fifth place performance at the 16 team Augustana Invitational this spring and a sixth place finish at the 17 team Benedictine Invitational this past fall.

The men’s golf team finished its season with a seventh place finish at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship meet.  The Blue & Gold shot 1,280 for the four rounds of play, finishing ahead of North Park (1,328).  Sophomore Kyle Weigand (Leyden HS, Franklin Park, Ill.) led the squad with a 17th place individual showing.  He finished with a total score of 309 (72 + 79 + 78 +80). 

Freshman Jordan Henry (Erie HS, Erie, Ill.) compiled the top average on the team, firing a 77.8 per round.  He participated in nine rounds of action in five events and had two top-10 performances.  Henry was the runner-up at the Augustana Triangular and also took eighth out of 24 golfers at the Red Poling Collegiate Classic.  His low round of 73 came at the Augie Triangular.  Henry was also 22nd out of 86 golfers at the Augustana Invitational this spring.

Weigand had the second lowest scoring average on the team, shooting 79.3 per round.  He competed in 11 rounds at six events and had a pair of top-five finishes.  He tied for third in the 33 player field at the season opening Augie Triangular and later placed fourth out of 86 players at the Augustana Invitational.  He shot a low round of 72 at the first day of the Augustana Invitational and also in round one of the CCIW championship meet.

Sophomore Phil Litchfield (Benet Academy, Darien, Ill.) was third on the team with an 80.0 scoring average.  He played in four events and had nine rounds on the course, compiling a top-10 showing at the Augustana Invitational.  Litchfield was 10th out of 86 golfers and fired his lowest score of the season, shooting a 71 in the second round of action.

Sophomore Cole Wells (Tri-Valley HS, Downs, Ill.) came in just behind Litchfield with an 80.1 scoring average.  He entered six events and put together a pair of top-10 performances in 11 rounds of action.  Wells shot a season low round of 72 on the first day of the Benedictine Invitational, where he placed 11th in the 89 player field.  He finished sixth out of 23 golfers at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular and 10th out of 24 participants at the Red Poling Collegiate Classic.

Senior Kevin Conte (Montini HS, Clarendon Hills, Ill.) capped his career with an 81.4 scoring average while competing in four events in his final season.  In seven rounds on the course, he totaled 570 shots and had two top-20 finishes.  Conte was 16th in the season opening Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular and also finished an impressive 20th out of 75 players at the Scot-Fire Invitational this spring.  His best round of the year was a 74 and came in his final round of the season.
Junior Zach Kinscherf (Quincy Notre Dame HS, Quincy, Ill.) participated in six events and finished with an average of 82.1 strokes per round in nine rounds on the course.  He made a total of 739 shots.  Kinscherf was a top 20 finisher at the Red Poling Collegiate Classic (15th) and the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular (16th).  His low round of 76 came in the second round at both the Benedictine Invitational in the fall and the Augustana Invitational in the spring.

Sophomore Ted Keopple (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) was the lone Viking to play in all 13 rounds of competition.  He had 1,069 shots and a scoring average of 82.2.  Keopple had his best score of the season during the second round of the Augustana Invitational, firing a 77.  His top showing was a ninth place finish at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular.  Keopple also placed 21st out of 75 golfers at the Prairie Fire Classic.

2009 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN TOURNAMENT
April 17-18, 2009 ** Rail Golf Club ** Springfield, Illinois
May 1-2, 2007 ** Whisper Creek Golf Club ** Huntley, Illinois

PLACE

TEAM

DAY ONE

DAY TWO

DAY THREE

DAY FOUR

TOTAL

1.

Illinois Wesleyan

281

276

300

308

1165

2.

Carthage

288

288

303

311

1188

3.

Wheaton

309

280

309

312

1202

4.

Millikin

301

295

314

311

1221

5.

North Central

305

291

319

319

1234

6.

Elmhurst

307

304

309

328

1248

7.

AUGUSTANA

308

312

334

326

1280

8.

North Park

327

329

331

341

1328

 

PLACE

INDIVIDUAL

TEAM

DAY ONE

DAY TWO

DAY THREE

DAY FOUR

TOTAL

1.

Bennett Blakeman

Illinois Wesleyan

68

70

71

76

285

2.

Mike DeRuntz

Illinois Wesleyan

69

71

76

73

289

3.

Matt Carr

Carthage

70

70

76

76

292

T – 4.

Dan Downey

Wheaton

73

70

71

79

293

T – 4.

Steven Moore

Wheaton

73

68

75

77

293

T – 6.

Ryan Dorner

Illinois Wesleyan

73

66

75

81

295

T – 6.

Tim Gannon

Carthage

72

69

76

78

295

T – 6.

Tyler Wollberg

Carthage

71

73

75

76

295

9.

Chris Green

Illinois Wesleyan

74

69

79

78

300

10.

J.B. Spillane

Millikin

72

73

79

77

301

17.

Kyle Weigand

AUGUSTANA

72

79

78

80

309

T – 28.

Phil Litchfield

AUGUSTANA

77

79

80

83

319

31.

Cole Wells

AUGUSTANA

78

78

87

81

324

34.

Ted Keopple

AUGUSTANA

83

78

89

87

337

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Jordan Henry

AUGUSTANA

81

77

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82

DNF


2009 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER – Kyle Weigand
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – Phil Litchfield
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – Jordan Henry

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN FINISHERS IN INVITATIONALS
09/18/08 @ Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular – 2nd…Jordan Henry with 73; 3rd…Kyle Weigand with 76; T-6th…Cole Wells with 78; 9th…Ted Keopple with 79
10/07/08 @ Red Poling Collegiate Classic – 8th…Jordan Henry with 80; 10th…Cole Wells with 81
04/10-11/09 @ Augustana Invitational – 4th…Kyle Weigand with 72-75 = 147; T-10th…Phil Litchfield with 79-71 = 150

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand