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May 20, 2011

2010-11 Season - MEN'S GOLF REVIEW

Jeff Paustian was second on the team with an 80.9 scoring average and was also named the "Most Improved Player" in his second season with the Blue & Gold.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Augustana men’s golf team competed in nine events this past season, playing four events in the fall and then taking part in five more events in the spring portion of the season.  The Vikings participated in the four-round College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Championship this spring and placed eighth.  The top finish of the year for the Blue & Gold was a fifth place showing out of 19 squads at the Duane Chaney Invitational last fall.

Junior Jordan Henry (Erie HS, Erie, Ill.) was named the “Most Outstanding Player” after leading the team with a 79.9 scoring average.  He fired 919 strokes in 11.5 rounds on the course, turning in a season-low round of 73 in the second round of The Shootout at Aguila and also in the second round of the Scot-Fire Invitational.  He was ninth out of 50 golfers at Aguila and placed 17th in an 89 player field at Scot-Fire.  Henry was Augustana’s top scorer in four of the five events that he competed in this past season, including the CCIW Championship where he placed 26th overall.

Sophomore Jeff Paustian (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) turned in a strong season by finishing second on the squad with an 80.9 scoring average after shooting 1254 shots in 15.5 rounds.  He received “Most Improved Player” honors and had the best individual finish on the team with a tie for fifth at the Red Poling Collegiate Classic.  Paustian’s low round of 75 came in the second round of the Augustana Invitational, where he went on to tie for 13th out of 102 golfers.  He finished 29th at the CCIW Championship.

Senior Kyle Weigand (Leyden HS, Franklin Park, Ill.) was third on the team with an 81.6 scoring average.  He tied for third on the squad with 12.5 rounds on the course and attempted 1020 strokes.  Weigand’s low round of the year was a 77, which he fired in the final round of the CCIW Championship.  His most impressive showing was tying for 22nd in a 97 player field at the Duane Chaney Invitational.

Senior Phil Litchfield (Benet Academy, Darien, Ill.) tied for the best round with the Vikings, shooting a 73 in the first round of the Augustana Invitational on his way to a tie for 17th.  He finished with an 82.5 scoring average, totaling 949 shots in 11.5 rounds on the course.  Litchfield placed 34th at the CCIW Championship.

Senior Cole Wells (Tri-Valley HS, Downs, Ill.) completed the year with a scoring average of 82.9, taking 1285 shots in 15.5 rounds.  He tied for 22nd at the Duane Chaney Invite and also tied for 18th at Aguila.  Wells’ low round was a 74, which came in the second round of the Scot-Fire Invite.

Sophomore Curtis Lubic (Kaneland HS, Sugar Grove, Ill.) played in 10.5 rounds and made 877 strokes, a scoring average of 83.5.  His low round of the year was a 79 at the Duane Chaney Invite where he also had a season best performance by tying for 16th in the field.

Senior Ted Keopple (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) completed his season with a scoring average of 83.8.  He fired 1048 shots in 12.5 rounds on the course.  Keopple’s low round of the year also came at the Duane Chaney Invite.  He shot a 78 and tied for 10th.  Keopple also notched a 79 in the second round of the Scot-Fire Invite.

Junior Greg Karesh (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) played in 7.5 rounds and finished with an 88.7 scoring average, taking 665 shots along the way.  His best performance was a tie for 14th at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular.  Karesh finished that event with a score of 81, which was his top showing of the season.

Junior Marko Loncar (Marist HS, Chicago, Ill.) finished with a scoring average of 89.7.  He made 583 strokes in 6.5 rounds on the course.  Loncar’s best score came in his final round of the season when he shot an 80 in the final day of the Scot-Fire Invite, tying for 29th place.

Freshman John Stone (Rockridge HS, Reynolds, Ill.) earned “Newcomer of the Year” honors in his first season with the Blue & Gold.  He had a scoring average of 90.7 with 680 shots in 7.5 rounds of competition.  Like Loncar, Stone saved his best round for last, shooting an 81 on the second day of the Scot-Fire Invite, tying for 48th place overall.

Sophomore Jonathan Grchan (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) played in three rounds, tying for sixth at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular with a 77 and then shooting an 86 and an 83 at Aguila.  His scoring average for the year was 82.0.  Senior Taylor Mathson (Dunlap HS, Dunlap, Ill.) shot an 82 at the Duane Chaney Invite and an 83 at the Vike-Fire Scot Triangular.  Freshman Nick Anderson (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, Ill.) played in the same two events, shooting an 84 and then an 82.

2011 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN TOURNAMENT
April 15-16, 2011 ** Cress Creek ** Naperville, Illinois (Rounds 1 & 2)
April 29-30, 2011 ** Harborside, Portside Course ** Chicago, Illinois (Rounds 3 & 4)


Place

Team

R. 1

R. 2

R. 3

R. 4

Total

1.

Millikin

328

314

293

324

1259

2.

Illinois Wesleyan

338

322

287

315

1262

3.

Wheaton

324

324

308

326

1282

4.

Carthage

327

324

307

329

1287

5.

Elmhurst

353

324

310

346

1333

6.

North Park

338

333

314

354

1339

7.

North Central

335

339

325

342

1341

8.

Augustana

349

347

332

339

1367


Place

Individual

Team

R. 1

R. 2

R. 3

R. 4

Total

1.

Ryan Dorner

Illinois Wesleyan

80

81

71

78

310

2.

Steven Moore

Wheaton

81

77

74

79

311

3.

Wes Hillen

Millikin

80

79

73

81

313

4.

Michael Markiewicz

Millikin

80

78

74

82

314

5.

Shane Smith

Illinois Wesleyan

89

76

71

80

316

6.

Stefan Johnson

Illinois Wesleyan

87

80

74

77

318

T-7.

Brian Barry

Millikin

87

80

71

83

321

T-7.

Nick Guido

North Central

76

86

80

79

321

T-7.

J.B. Spillane

Millikin

83

85

75

78

321

T-10.

Daniel Downey

Wheaton

80

80

80

83

323

T-10.

Dex Reese

Illinois Wesleyan

85

85

71

82

323

26.

Jordan Henry

AUGUSTANA

86

84

82

86

338

29.

Jeff Paustian

AUGUSTANA

85

88

85

85

343

33.

Phil Litchfield

AUGUSTANA

91

88

85

91

355

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Kyle Weigand

AUGUSTANA

--

--

80

77

--

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Ted Keopple

AUGUSTANA

87

87

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--

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Curtis Lubic

AUGUSTANA

--

--

85

91

--

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Cole Wells

AUGUSTANA

96

98

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2010-11 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER – Jordan Henry
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – Jeff Paustian
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – John Stone

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN FINISHERS IN INVITATIONALS
09/10/10 @ Duane Chaney Invitational – T-10th/97…Ted Keopple with a 78
09/16/10 @ Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular – T-6th/28…Jon Grchan with a 77
10/07/10 @ Red Poling Collegiate Classic – T-5th/29…Jeff Paustian with a 77
03/06/11 @ The Shootout at Aguila – 9th/50…Jordan Henry with a 76 + 73 = 149

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand