Lakers place fourth in opener
BEATRICE, Neb. - Iowa Lakes Community College placed fourth out of six teams at the 36-hole at the Southeast Community College Spring Invitational at Beatrice Country Club.
The Lakers finished the tournament with a team total of 654, posting a 330 on the second day to follow up a 324 from the first round.
"Tuesday was not exactly what we had envisioned when we set out this morning, but we have a lot of positives to look back on to set a solid foundation for the rest of the spring," said ILCC coach Jarvis Weber/ "It was great getting a taste of competition again and hopefully this will make the guys hungry to work hard and put in the time we need to achieve are goals for the season. We have a great group of guys with good leadership and all the pieces we need to make a run this season to get us to nationals. I am really looking forward to seeing what this group can do."
Iowa Western won the team title (291-292 - 583), with host Southeast second (303-296 - 599).
Individual medalist was Joel Durnford of Iowa Western (69-71 - 140).
The Lakers were led by freshman Sterling McIlravy (Solon). He tied for 11th of 36 golfers who finished the tourney with rounds of 75 and 83 for a 158 total.
Carlton Rahn (Clarinda) placed 18th, shooting 81-81-162; Morgan Edwards (Reading, England) was 20th with 83-81-164; Cameron Maxwell (Paullina) tied for 22nd with 85-85-170; and Aaron James (Sunbury, Australia) placed 29th with 89-89-178.
"The guys have a lot of room for improvement but we can't measure the entire season by our first outing," Weber said. "They have put in a lot of work this offseason and it will start to show as we get into more of a rhythm. We will take this tournament as a bit of a wakeup call and use it to fuel us moving forward. They know that they can score much lower than today and I have no doubt that they will work extremely hard to get better every day."
Both the Iowa Lakes men and women will will have a dual vs. NIACC at Otter Creek in Ankeny on Wednesday, April 4.