May 21, 2014
PLYMOUTH, Ind.—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team improved its score by 11 shots and moved into sole possession of 17th place during the second round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament Wednesday at Swan Lake Resort.
Each of the Chargers’ four scorers topped their totals from the opening round. Sophomore Joey Juergens (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) led Sandburg with a 2-over-par 74 that included an even-par performance on the back nine.
“Joey played a great round today, and that’s more like what he’s capable of doing,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “It rained overnight, which made it a little bit easier to score, and he took advantage of it. This course sets up really nice for the type of game Joey has, and he just missed a couple of short putts that kept him from breaking par.”
Freshman Austin McDougall III (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) posted a 78 and is two shots behind Juergens in the individual standings. Freshman Dylan Mullins (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) carded and 84, and freshman Bryer Anderson (Elmwood, Ill./Farmington) came in at 89. Freshman Ryan Ballard (Germantown Hills, Ill./Metamora) posted a 91 that didn’t count toward Sandburg’s team score.
Sandburg entered the round tied with Ancilla (Ind.) for 17th, but the Chargers now own an eight-shot lead over the host school. Sandburg trails Independence (Kan.) by 15 shots for 16th place.
“Our guys played a lot better today, but we know we can post even better scores the next two rounds,” Twaddle said. “Today we got bit by having one or two holes that really hurt each of our scores. If we can clean those up, we can put up some low numbers and hopefully make a bigger move.”
Walters (Tenn.) State shot 296 in the second round to extend its lead to two shots over Owens (Ohio) and Mesa (Ariz.) for first place in the team standings. Tanner McKinney of Mineral Area (Mo.) shot 1 under for the round and is at 3 under for the tournament. McKinney is the only player to shoot under par in each round and holds a three-shot advantage over first-round leader Sebastian Otoya of Seminole (Okla.) State.
The four-day tournament continues with the third round Thursday.
Carl Sandburg College sophomore Joey Juergens watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament Wednesday at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.