Northwestern College turned in the low round of the day and overcame an eight stroke deficit to win the two-day, 36-hole GPAC Preview Meet held at the Woodland Hills Golf Club in Eagle, Neb.
Tied for fourth after a first round score of 305, Northwestern came back with a 295, it best round of the spring season, for a 36-hole total of 600 to claim the title by one shot over Morningside. Midland finished third but just two strokes back with a 602, followed by Doane (608) and Concordia, the leader after the first round, with a 615.
Northwestern’s junior varsity tied for seventh place with a 627, closing the two-day Invite with a 307.
Zach Riddle posted the best score for Coach Aberson’s squad with a 145 (+3), shooting a one-under 70 in today’s final round to finish in a tie for second place. This was Riddle’s best finish of the season and his second top 10 showing. Austin Reitz finished alone in sixth place with a 147, closing today with a one-over 72. Justin Kraft moved up over 20 spots from the day one standings with a final round 70 (-1) to finish tied for seventh overall with a 148. Colton Kooima tied for 16th (152), Evan Schuler tied for 23rd (154) and Isaac Knock tied for 41st with a 162.
In addition to Riddle’s second place finish, the junior varsity was led by Jake Olsen, who turned in a 15th place finish with a 151 (73/78). Dana Van Ostrand tied for 52nd (165) and Ryan Vaden was one shot in back (166) and placed 54th. Brock De Boer tied for 65th at 173.
Russell Pick (DWU) took home medalist honors with a 142, three strokes better than Riddle, Raul Perez (Briar Cliff) and Nolan Zikas (Concordia).