Men’s golf opens season with top-10 finish

By Tom Burton

The men’s golf team notched their first top-10 finish of the season in their first event of the season at the Inverness Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday.

The Huskies (283-290 – 573) finished round one with a 283 and were in fourth place after the initial 18 holes. The Huskies were not not able to keep the momentum going in the second round as they shot a 290.

The tournament was reduced to two rounds as the weather got involved Tuesday, forcing the tournament committee to cancel the final round. Head Coach Tom Porten said it was unfortunate for the third round to be cancelled after struggling in the second round.

“We are disappointed we couldn’t play [Tuesday],” Porten said. “We felt like we had a lot to prove from [round two]. Overall, [we played well] given the difficulty of the golf course.”

The Huskies were led by senior Joo-Young Lee and sophomore Jordan Less, who each finished even par and in the top-20 overall.

Lee (69-73 – 142) is playing in his first event since being red-shirted last year due to a concussion. Porten said the coaching staff and the team is happy to have Lee back.

“It’s great to have [Lee] back,” Porten said. “He has the respect of all the players in the field and the respect of the entire team. Their was a little rust from his game initially but it’s great to have your best player back in the lineup and leading the team.”

Junior Thomas DeMarco (72-72 – 144) finished in the top-35 in his first tournament playing in the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

“We are really close to closing out the [second round] in fourth place and we just let a couple of shots go in our last few holes,” Porten said.

Porten said the greens and the course conditions got tougher in the second round and that may have played a role in the higher scoring.

“We were [inconsistent] off the tee in the second round and the greens were more firm,” Porten said. “Some of that may be fatigue or trying to do too much with the golf ball.”

Lee, Less, junior Salvador Rocha and junior Paul Schlimm all tallied a 69 at some point during the tournament. Porten said he has not seen the team start the season like this in a while and is optimistic going forward.

“We’re real pleased coming out of the first tournament,” Porten said. “This is the first time [in my tenure coaching] here that I have seen low scores like that in the first event.”

The Huskies will continue the season at home at the Northern Intercollegiate Sunday and Monday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.