OMAHA, Neb. – In a marathon 36-hole event that served as a precursor to the upcoming GPAC championships, the Concordia University men’s golf team placed sixth out of the nine conference teams in competition on Monday (Sept. 23). The only GPAC squads not present at the GPAC Fall Preview were Dakota Wesleyan and Hastings. The Bulldogs managed to beat out Briar Cliff, Dordt and Mount Marty.
Head coach Brett Muller’s squad concluded the day at Indian Creek Golf Course in Omaha, Neb., with a team score of 323-325–648. Concordia will have to take what it learned on Monday and cut down on the strokes in order to have a shot at moving into the top half of the 2019-20 GPAC standings.
Senior Tylar Samek enjoyed the best day for the Bulldogs. He carded a two-round total of 81-78–159 and placed in a tie for 22nd out of 63 golfers in action in Omaha. The David City, Neb., native entered the day with a scoring average of 75.0. He was followed closely at the GPAC Fall Preview by freshman Jay Gunaseelan (79-81–160) and sophomore Jack Williams (80-80–160). They shared 24th place. The team’s top five also included freshman Drew D’Ercole (83-87–170; T-45th) and sophomore Landon Walkenhorst (85-86–171; T-47th).
Three others represented Concordia as individuals: junior Harrison Helmer (90-83–173; T-51st), junior Jayden Neal (83-94–177; 55th) and freshman Tyler Bartels (96-94–190; T-60th).
The most significant event of the fall season is up next. The Bulldogs will be back at Indian Creek this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 27-28) for the first two rounds of the 2019-20 GPAC Men’s Golf Championships. Action on Friday is set to get underway at 10 a.m. CT.