HESSTON, Kan. – The spring season opened up on Saturday afternoon for the Concordia University men’s golf team, which shot a 325 and sits 16th out of 19 squads after day one of two at the Bethel College Invite. The meet will resume on Sunday at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kan.
All five Concordia competitors shot 86 or lower, but head coach Brett Muller believes his team will get better results on Sunday.
“We are all disappointed with our scores from today,” Muller said. “For the most part I thought we hit the ball decent, we just didn’t score well. As a team we didn’t putt well. We know what we will be working on in practice next week.
“Tomorrow we play a longer and tougher golf course. With the predicted high winds, the scores we shot will move us up in the standings.”
Junior Shawn Rodehorst, who averaged 79.38 over eight fall rounds, tied freshman Jared Knoepfel for a team low by shooting an 80 on Saturday. That total puts the pair in a tie for 59th among the field of just over 100 golfers at the event.
Sophomore Sam Simonson (81), senior Sam DeFreece (84) and sophomore Garrett Suchanek (86) also navigated the Hesston Golf Park par-71 course.
The large field of Bethel Invite teams includes GPAC members Dakota Wesleyan (fifth place), Doane (sixth place), Hastings (sixth place) and Briar Cliff (eighth place).
The Bulldogs will hit the links at 9 a.m. from Sand Creek as part of a shotgun start on Sunday.