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September 11, 2009

2009-2010 Season - Wiersema and Henry lead Vikings at opener

PORT BYRON, Ill. – The Augustana men’s golf team opened the 2009-10 season by competing in the Duane Chaney Invitational on Friday, September 11 at Byron Hills Golf Course in Port Byron, Illinois.  The Vikings brought three different squads to the 22 team event and earned 6th, 15th, and 20th place finishes.

Black Hawk won the team event with a score of 291, four shots ahead of Rock Valley.  Carl Sandburg (298), St. Ambrose (299), and Kirkwood (302) rounded out the top five.  Augustana’s “B” squad placed sixth at 306, one shot ahead of Illinois Valley “A” and Highland CC, who both tallied 307 strokes.  Sauk Valley “B” and Sauk Valley “A” rounded out the top 10 at 309 and 310 respectively.  Moraine Valley (311), Judson “A” (315), Illinois Valley “B” (316), College of DuPage (316), Augustana “A” (316), Ashford (316), Rock Valley “B” (319), Black Hawk “B” (323), Palmer (324), Augustana “C” (334), Prairie State “357”, and Judson “B” (373) rounded out the field.

Augustana’s “B” team was led by freshman Drew Wiersema (Prophetstown HS, Prophetstown, Ill.), who finished the day with a 74.  Sophomore Jordan Henry (Erie HS, Erie, Ill.) shot a 76 for the “B” squad and junior Phil Litchfield (Benet Academy, Darien, Ill.) fired a 76 to lead the “A” squad.  Junior Ted Keopple (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) also completed his round with a 76 to lead the “C” squad.  Freshman Jon Grchan (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) and junior Kyle Weigand (Leyden HS, Franklin Park, Ill.) each shot a round of 77 for the “A” squad.  Junior Bryan Hallene (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) and freshman Jeff Paustian (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) were the other two Vikings to shoot in the 70’s.  Both players finished with a score of 78 for the “B” team.

Caleb Davison of Black Hawk won medalist honors with a round of 70, the only round under par.  Rock Valley’s Bryce Davis and Kirkwood’s Ned Carter were second and third, both shooting a 71, even par for the day.

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand