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March 11, 2011

2010-11 Season - 2011 MEN'S GOLF PREVIEW

Curtis Lubic and the Augustana Vikings are anxious to get the 2011 spring season underway.

GENERAL INFORMATION
NAME: Augustana College
CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201
FOUNDED: 1860
NICKNAME: Vikings
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold
ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA)
CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)
PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

GOLF HISTORY
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1947
COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN CHAMPIONS: 1955 - 1964 - 1966 - 1969 - 1972 - 1973 - 1975 - 1976 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1997 - 1999
ALL TIME DUAL MEET RECORD: 251-192 .567

SPORTS INFORMATION
SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath
SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265
SID FAX: (309) 794-7525
CELL PHONE: (309) 737-5306
E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu
AUGUSTANA INTERNET ADDRESS: www.augustana.edu
SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath, Sports Information Director, Carver PE Center, Augustana College, Carver PE Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 61201

COACHING STAFF
HEAD COACH: Grey Giovanine, 12th year as head coach at Augustana…2009-10: Finished sixth in CCIW tournament…Vikings have been second four times, fourth three times and sixth twice, seventh once and eighth once in the CCIW during Giovanine’s first 11 seasons at the helm.

TEAM INFORMATION
2010-11 HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings finished tied for sixth in the CCIW Championship with a four-day total of 1292 (322-327-343-300)…Vikings finished with a total record of 57-71, ranked 129th in Division III by Golfstat.com and won the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular (311)…Jordan Henry, who finished tied for 13th (318—78-82-85-73), was the top Augustana finisher at the CCIW tournament…Kyle Wiegand’s championship (73) at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular was the Vikings’ best individual finish…Paul Litchfield’s final-round 71 at the CCIW Championship was the team’s best individual round.
 
2009-10 AUGUSTANA MEN'S GOLF AWARDS
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER – Phil Litchfield & Kyle Weigand
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – Ted Keopple
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – Jeff Paustian

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN FINISHES IN INVITATIONALS
09/17/09 @ Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular – 1st…Kyle Weigand with 73; T-2nd…Ted Keopple with 76; T-6th…Jeff Paustian & Cole Wells with 79
10/06/09 @ Red Poling Collegiate Classic – 7th…Ted Keopple with 78

LETTER WINNERS LOST – Two:

Zach Kinscherf (Notre Dame HS, Quincy, Ill.), 2009-10: Averaged 82.3 strokes over seven rounds in five events...Two top 20 finishes... Best finish was 14th at Vike-Fire_Scot Triangular...Best round was a second-round 78 at the Augustana Invitational…2008-09: Averaged 82.1 over nine rounds in six events…Two top 20 finishes…Highest finish was 15th (84) at the Red Poling Classic…Best round was a 76 at the Augustana Invitational…2007-08: In three rounds, averaged 83.7 strokes…Top finish was a tie for 20th at the Red Poling Classic with an 85… 2006-07: Averaged 83.2 strokes over 10 rounds with a low round of 78…Recorded one top 10 finish…Augustana’s Newcomer of the Year.

Bryan Hallene (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) 2009-10: Averaged 81.0 strokes over two round in two events...Best finish was 16th (84) at Vike-Fire Scot Triangular...Best round was 78 at Duane Chaney Invitational…2008-09: Did not compete…2007-08: Averaged 82.9 strokes over nine rounds…Finished 37th at the CCIW championship with a 255 (82-85-88)…Top finish was a tie for 14th at the Big Blue Classic with a 151 (76-75).

LETTER WINNERS RETURNING – 11:

Ted Keopple (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.), Senior, 2009-10: Vikings’ Most Improved Player...Averaged 82.1 strokes over 13 rounds in eight events...Two top 10 finishes...Best finish was at 2nd (76) at Vike-Fire Scot Triangular...Best round was 76 at Vike-Fire Scot Triangular and Duane Chaney Invitational…2008-09: Only Viking to play in all seven events…Played a team-high 13 rounds…Averaged 82.2 strokes per round…Best finish was a ninth-place 79 at the Vike-Fire-Scot Invitational…Finished 34th at the CCIW Championship with a 337 (83-78-89-87)…Best round was a 77 at the Augustana Invitational…2007-08: Shot a 165 (80-85) to tie for 53rd at the Big Blue Classic in his only 2007-08 competition.

Phil Litchfield (Benet Academy, Darien, Ill.),Senior, 2009-10: Vikings’ co-Outstanding Player...Averaged 80.8 strokes over 18 rounds in nine events...Four top 20 finishes...19th at CCIW Championship (82-87-81-71—321)...Best finish was at 16th (78-81—159) at Cress Creek Collegiate Invite...Best round was a final round 71 at the CCIW Championship…2008-09: Augustana’s Most Improved Player…Third on the team with an average of 80.0 strokes per round…Played nine rounds in four events…Had the Vikings’ best individual round of the year with a 71 at the Augustana Invitational where he finished tied for 10th with a two-round score of 150… Finished 28th at the CCIW Championship with a 319 (77-79-80-83).

Taylor Mathson (Dunlap HS, Dunlap, Ill.), Senior, 2009-10: Shot an 85 in his only round at the Duane Chaney Invitational…2008-09: Played four rounds in two events and averaged 88.3 strokes…Best round was an 84 at the Benedictine Invitational.

Kyle Weigand (Leyden HS, Franklin Park, Ill.), Senior, 2009-10: Vikings’ co-Outstanding Player...Averaged  80.2 strokes over 17 rounds in 10 events...Two top 20 finishes...Best finish was at 1st (73) at Vike-Fire Scot Triangular, which was also his best round…2008-09: Augustana’s Most Outstanding Player…Finished second on the team with an average of 79.3 strokes per round…Played a total of 11 rounds in six events…Augustana’s top finisher at the CCIW Championship win a 17th place 309 (72-79-78-80)…Best finish was a 3rd place 76 at the Vike-Fire-Scot Invitational…Also finished 4th at the Augustana Invitational with a 147 (72-75)…2007-08: Augustana Newcomer of the Year…Averaged 82.3 strokes over 10 rounds…Top finish was a tie for 22nd at the Big Blue Classic with a 155 (80-75)…Tied for 31st at the CCIW championship with a 250 (81-79-90).

Cole Wells (Tri-Valley HS, Downs, Ill.), Senior, 2009-10: Averaged  83.6 strokes over 14 rounds in eight events...One top 10 finish...Best finish was6th (79) at Vike-Fire Scot Triangular...Best round was 76 at Scot-Fire Classic…2008-09: Averaged 80.1 strokes over 11 rounds in six events…Top finish was a 6th place 78 at the Vike-Fore Scot Invitational…Also finished 10th at the Red Poling Classic (81) and 11th at the Benedictine Invitational (72-77—149)…His 72 at Benedictine was his best round of the season…Finished 31st at the CCIW Championship with a 324 (78-78-87-81)…2007-08: Played only four rounds, but averaged a team best 77.8 strokes…Record the Vikings’ best individual finish with a 3rd place tie at 147 (73-74) at the Big Blue Classic.

Jordan Henry (Erie HS, Erie, Ill.), Junior, 2009-10: Averaged 81.6 strokes over 16 rounds in eight events...Two top 20 finishes...Best finish was at 13th (78-82-85-73—318) at CCIW Championship...Best round was final round 73 at CCIW Championship…2008-09: Augustana’s Newcomer of the Year…Averaged a team-best 77.8 strokes over nine rounds in five events…Had the team’s best individual finish with a second -place 73 at the Vike-Fire-Scot Invitational—his best round of the year…Also finished eighth at the Red Poling Classic with a round of 80.

Greg Karesh (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.), Junior, 2009-10: Averaged 85.6 strokes over 10 rounds in six events... Best finish was 21st (85) at Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular...Best round was 79 at Scot-Fire Classic.

Marko Loncar (Marist HS, Chicago, Ill.), Junior, 2009-10: Averaged 91.7 strokes over nine rounds in five events... Best finish was 39th (102-92—194) at Mary Hardin-Baylor Spring Invite...Best round was at 84 at Prairie Fire Classic.

Jon Grchan (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), Sophomore, 2009-10: Averaged 83.2 strokes over 14 rounds in seven events...One top 20 finish...34th at CCIW Championship (81-82-94-82—339)...Best finish was11th (81) at Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular...Best round was at 75 at Augustana Invitational.

Curtis Lubic (Kaneland HS, Sugar Grove, Ill.), Sophomore,  2009-10: Averaged 80.8 strokes over five rounds in three events... Best finish was 39th (80-79—159) at Augustana Invitational...Best round was 79 at Augustana Invitational and Scot-Fire Classic.

Jeff Paustian (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.), Sophmore, 2009-10: Vikings’ Newcomer of the Year...Averaged 81.9 strokes over 17 rounds in nine events...Two top 20 finishes...28th at CCIW Championship (81-81-84-84—330)  Best finish was 6th (79) at Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular...Best round was an opening round 74 at Augustana Invitational.