Rodehorst spurs three-spot climb on final day of Doane Invite
LINCOLN, Neb. – Only Morningside’s Brandon Thompson carded a lower score than Concordia sophomore Shawn Rodehorst on the second and final day of the Doane Invite on Tuesday. Rodehorst’s three-over-par 74 on day two helped push the Bulldogs into a tie for seventh place after concluding day one in 10th at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb.
Rodehorst, a native of Kearney, Neb., carded a 78-74–152 to tie for third place individually, putting him six strokes off medalist winner Neil Malenke of Northwestern. Behind Rodehorst’s tremendous play, Concordia posted a 344-322–666 for a 22-stroke improvement over its first day total. Four of Concordia’s five competitors turned in lower scores on Tuesday compared to their Monday outings.
Freshman Sam Simonson (82-90–172) and junior Sam DeFreece (85-87–172) followed behind Rodehorst with identical 172 totals. Freshmen Mitchell Volk (91-89–180) and Brock Colclasure (104-79–183) came in next for the Bulldogs. Colclasure shaved 25 strokes off his Monday score, marking the biggest improvement of any of the 76 golfers in the field.
“Shawn played solid both days,” head coach Brett Muller said. “He was seven-over-par after seven holes and finished the 36-hole event at 10 over.
"Brock bounced back from yesterday and improved by 25 strokes today. We saw some glimpses of how good we can be. We need to be more consistent and keep grinding it out each and every round.”
Northwestern, last year’s GPAC champion, won the Doane Invite by posting a 308-303–611 to finish 22 strokes better than second-place Morningside. Malenke’s 71-75–146 held off Thompson’s 76-72–148 for the individual title.
Concordia returns to the course on Sept. 24 when it competes at the Hastings Invite. The fall season ends on Oct. 10 with GPAC Qualifier No. 2 in Sioux City, Iowa.
18 September 2012