HESSTON, Kan. – Sophomore Jared Knoepful outperformed each of his teammates by seven strokes or more to highlight the opening day of the spring season for the Concordia University men’s golf team. After day one at the two-round Bethel Invite, Knoepful sits in a tie for eighth among the field of 109 individuals. As a team, Concordia shot a 337 and is in 17th place out of 19 squads.
Saturday’s team score represents a season high for a team that averaged a 308.2 during a solid fall season. The Bulldogs twice came within a stroke of the program record low of 299 in back-to-back meets in September.
Knoepful’s career best round (three-over-par 74) led the way for a group of six Bulldogs who hit the Hesston Park Golf course on Saturday afternoon. Head coach Brett Muller’s squad also featured junior Sam Simonson (81), freshman Russell Otten (82), freshman Payton DeVencenty (83), sophomore Reid Wiebe (85) and freshman Tyler Ehresman (87).
Other GPAC schools competing at the Bethel Invite include Hastings (fourth place), Dakota Wesleyan (seventh) and Doane (16th).
The tournament picks back up at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start on Sunday. The action will shift to Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kan.