FREEPORT—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team opened its season in fine fashion Friday at the 12-team Highland “36” Invitational at Park Hills Golf Course. The Chargers came back to win the tournament on a fifth-man tiebreaker and sophomore Cody Reiber finished with a 1-over-par 145 to take medalist honors.
Sandburg and Black Hawk each posted team scores of 607, but the Chargers were awarded the victory thanks for Mark Dockstader’s 36-hole score of 163. Black Hawk’s fifth player, Jay Hillier, withdrew from the tournament, giving Sandburg the title.
“It was a team win today,” Chargers coach K.C. Harding said. “They showed a lot of character by not giving up when things got tough, and for that I couldn’t be any prouder. I believe with the proper amount of practice this could be a pretty magical team.”
The Chargers shot 307 in the first round and trailed Black Hawk by seven shots, but they erased that deficit in the afternoon. Freshman Joey Juergens rebounded from an opening 86 with a 71 for the only under-par round of the second 18.
“Any time you spot a team like Black Hawk seven shots, you either go low or go home, and Joey knew home wasn’t an option,” Harding said.
Reiber followed an opening-round 73 with an even-par 72 to edge Black Hawk’s Kelby Rescinito by two shots for the title. Sophomore Nick Gustafson shot 152 and sophomore Chad Hatch carded a 161 for Sandburg’s other two scores.
The Chargers return to action with the Arrowhead Conference Preview on Friday at Dixon Country Club.