LINCOLN, Neb. – Junior Shawn Rodehorst and freshman Josh Hinrichs both carded 78’s as Concordia men’s golf placed third among the field of 12 teams at Tuesday’s Doane Invite. As a team, the Bulldogs shot a 323 on the familiar course at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, Neb.
“Wilderness Ridge is one of the toughest courses we play all year,” Concordia head coach Brett Muller said. “Then add the elements we had today. Today the course played as long as it possibly could. With the pre-round showers the guys got little or no roll in the fairway and rough. Shawn, Josh and Garrett (Suchanek) all broke 80 and each picked up an individual medal. I’m real pleased with where our second group finished score-wise.”
Rodehorst and Hinrichs tied for fourth on the individual leaderboard that included 65 golfers. Sophomore Sam Simonson (T18 – 83), freshman Jared Knoepfel (T22 – 84) and sophomore Brock Colclasure (T47 – 90) made up the rest of the varsity lineup on Tuesday.
Through three rounds this season, Rodehorst has posted scores of 77, 76 and 78 for a 77.0 average. Hinrichs, a native of Hastings, Neb., is second on the team to Rodehorst with an average of 79.0 after carding scores of 76, 83 and 78.
Muller also brought a ‘B’ team to the Doane Invite. The group of Suchanek (T7 – 79), Court Croghan (T18 – 83), Sam DeFreece (T25 – 85), Sam Mayhall (T29 – 86) and Paul Rempfer (57th – 90) combined on a team score of 333 and placed fifth.
The Bulldog ‘B’ team finished only 10 strokes off the pace set by the ‘A’ team, showing Concordia’s depth up and down the roster. Muller expects the competition for varsity spots to continue to be fierce.
Tuesday’s meet served as a tune up for the most important competition to date, which will take place Thursday when the Bulldogs enter conference qualifier action. GPAC Qualifier No. 1 will be held in Sioux City, Iowa. Muller looks for his team to move up the conference standings after finishing 10th last season.