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June 14, 2012

2011-12 Season - 2012 MEN'S GOLF REVIEW

Freshman Jake Groselak was named the MVP of the 2012 Augustana men's golf team.

The 2011-12 men’s golf season, head coach Paul Del Vecchio’s first at Augustana, was highlighted by the performance of f reshman Jake Groselak (Lemont HS, Lemont, Ill.), who sported the Vikings’ best per-round average at 81.5 strokes, as well as the team’s top finish with a fifth-place 78 at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular. Another freshman, Grant Murphy (Dunlap HS, Peoria, Ill.), was named Newcomer of the Year and sophomore John Stone (Rockridge HS, Reynolds, Ill.) was named Most Improved.

The Vikings competed in 12 events in Del Vecchio’s first season, posting a 37-88-2 head-to-head record. Their top performance was a sixth-place finish at the 13-team Prairie Fire Classic hosted by Knox College in Peoria, Illinois on March 30-31, 2012. The team’s highest finish was second place at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular in Monmouth, Illinois on September 22, 2011.

Murphy finished just behind Groselak with an average of 82.2 strokes per round and had the best single round of the season with an opening-round 73 at the Blueboy Invitational in Jacksonville, Illinois on April 21-22, 2012. He and Groselak were the only individuals to compete in all 12 events and 23 rounds this season.

Other mainstays for De Vecchio included junior Jeffrey Paustian (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.), who was third on the team with an average of 83.1 strokes per round over 19 rounds in 10 events. His low round was a 74 at the Augustana Invitational and his highest finish was a tie for 18th at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular. He also had Augustana’s top finish at the CCIW tournament with a four-round total of 321, tying for 25th.

Junior Curtis Lubic (Kaneland HS, Sugar Grove, Ill.) averaged 83.3 strokes over 20 rounds in 10 events. He had a low round of 77 at the Duane Chaney Invitational and a top finish of 14th at the Elmhurst Invitational.

Freshman Max Channon (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Illinois) played 17 rounds in nine events with an average of 84.4 strokes. His low round of 75 at the Blueboy Invitational helped him to a 10th-place finish, the second-highest by a Viking this year.

Josh Kukla (Zion-Benton HS, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.), another freshman, averaged 88.4 strokes over 19 rounds in 10 events. His highest finish was 14th at the Duane Chaney Invitational, where he shot a season-low round of 74. That tied him for the second-best round by a Viking this year.

  2012 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN TOURNAMENT

April 27-18, 2012 ** Oakwood Country Club ** Coal Valley, Illinois (Rounds 1 & 2)
May 4-5, 2012 ** Meadowbrook Country Club ** Kenosha, Wisconsin (Rounds 3 & 4)

 

Rank

Team

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Rd 4

Total

Par

1

Illinois Wesleyan

308

292

301

289

1190

54

2

Carthage

305

300

304

295

1204

68

3

Millikin

306

302

311

296

1215

79

4

Wheaton

309

310

304

301

1224

88

5

North Park

322

317

311

308

1258

122

6

North Central

318

324

326

324

1292

156

7

Elmhurst

336

322

328

317

1303

167

8

AUGUSTANA

339

316

333

320

1308

172

 

Rank

Player

Team

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Rd 4

Total

Par

1

Hillen, Wes

Millikin

69

71

69

72

281

-3

2

Hyland, Brad

Carthage

76

75

72

68

291

7

3

Johnson, Stefan

Illinois Wesleyan

77

71

73

71

292

8

4

Reese, Dex

Illinois Wesleyan

77

72

76

72

297

13

5

Smith, Shane

Illinois Wesleyan

77

73

76

74

300

16

6

Langland, Donnie

Carthage

74

74

77

77

302

18

7

Kopka, Josh

Carthage

80

76

76

73

305

21

8

Downey, Dan

Wheaton

79

76

75

76

306

22

9

Cardle, Tommy

Wheaton

75

80

79

73

307

23

10

Markiewicz, Mike

Millikin

82

75

79

72

308

24

10

Moore, Steven

Wheaton

81

74

77

76

308

24

10

Nordin, Tobias

North Park

80

78

74

76

308

24

25

Paustian, Jeffrey

AUGUSTANA

87

79

79

76

321

37

30

Groselak, Jake

AUGUSTANA

79

81

84

84

328

44

30

Murphy, Grant

AUGUSTANA

87

81

84

76

328

44

38

Lubic, Curtis

AUGUSTANA

88

78

86

84

336

52

43

Channon, Max

AUGUSTANA

89

78

91

86

344

60

43

Kukla, Josh

AUGUSTANA

86

83

89

86

344

60

 

2011-12 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER – Jake Groselak 
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – John Stone
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – Grant Murphy

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN FINISHERS IN INVITATIONALS

T-10th, Max Channon (80-75—155) – Blueboy Invitational, 04/21-22/12  
T-5th, Jake Groselak (78) – Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular, 09/22/11