MEN'S GOLF STRUGGLES IN OPENING DAY AT NORTHERN
September 18, 1998MEN'S GOLF STRUGGLES IN OPENING DAY AT NORTHERN
St. Paul, Minn. - The Indiana men's golf season got off to a disappointing start as the field played two rounds over Les Bolstad Country Club at the University of Minnesota.
At the day's end, the Hoosiers find themselves in ninth place, 43 strokes back of the leader and host, Minnesota. Steve Wheatcroft turned in the best rounds for the Hoosiers, 69 and 73, leaving him tied for 21st.
First year coach Mike Mayer was slightly frustrated with the round and said the course was not very difficult, but his team just didn't perform up to their capabilities.
"It was our first tournament and we were a little nervous," Mayer said. "Conditions were ideal today, but we just stumbled out of the gate and didn't finish very well."
Although Wheatcroft was able to find his game, he is still a far way off from the leader, Bill Thompson of Minnesota. Thompson fired rounds of 68 and 66 to take a two stroke lead over three other players and and eight stroke lead over Wheatcroft, IU's closest competitor.
The Hoosiers will have a chance to redeem themselves Saturday when they play the final 18 holes in the morning. Mayer is hoping his team can turn in a solid round and get ready for next week.
"We need to come out and fire a good round to get some confidence for the next tournament," Mayer said.
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