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Split-squad action has Knights competing twice

September 25, 2017 at 9:09 pm
Perry Strong
Perry Strong
Photo: Andrew Nyhus

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s golf team participated in a pair of events over the weekend: the Twin Cities Classic and the Carleton/Macalester/St. Olaf Triangular. The Knights finished 13th at the former, while taking second place at the latter.

The Twin Cities Classic featured another strong field, highlighted by two top-25 DIII teams, and Carleton posted team scores of 339 and 336. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes after Monday’s final round was rained out.

With the majority of their top golfers participating in the triangular meet, the Knights put forth untested players in difficult conditions at the Twin Cites Classic.

“Withholding four of our top five players was a coaching decision that cost the Knights dearly in the standings but gave the second-tier players a taste of the struggles with brutal rough and high wind,” commented Carleton coach Jerry Ericksen on his decisions to bring a new squad to the Twin Cities Classic.

The Knights were led on day one at Elk River Golf Club by senior Evan Anderson (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater), whose 78-stroke was highlighted by an exciting hole-out eagle on the seventh hole. After an errant tee shot left him in the trees, Anderson was able to successfully keep his second shot under the branches and found the hole for an extremely impressive two.

Day two of the TCC saw the emergence of junior Sam Reategui (Highland Park, Ill./North Shore), who improved on his day one 85 to shoot a 79 at the Links at Northfork.

“Sam's 79 with a quadruple on his ninth hole of the day in the rain was a tremendous round and bodes well for his future on the team,” said Ericksen.

Meanwhile those Knights who participated in the triangular meet against St. Olaf and Macalester were led by junior Avery Tribus (Madison, Wis./Edgewood), who finished with a 74, and Perry Strong (Sr./Cincinnati, Ohio/Loveland), who carded a 75.

Aaron Sparby (Jr./Thief River Falls, Minn./Lincoln) completed his round in 78 shots, while David Perl (Jr./Glencoe, Ill./New Trier) and Jeff Yoo (Sr./Oak Park, Ill./Hinsdale Central) tallied 81 and 84 strokes, respectively.

The Knights finished with a team score of 308, finishing seven shots behind St. Olaf but well clear of Macalester, which concluded the day with a four-player total of 356 strokes.

The Knights look to continue their strong play as they finish the fall season on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the MIAC Championships, held this year at Ridges at Sand Creek.

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