September 23, 2008

Pack turns in uncharacteristic finish

KEARNEY, Neb. - The terms "ThunderWolves men's golf" and "last place finish" don't quite fit together, but it was the nasty truth for the Pack men's golf team at the second RMAC meet in Kearney, Neb. Tuesday, finishing last out of the eight assembled RMAC men's golf teams.

The ThunderWolves turned in some of their highest team scores in the first and second rounds of the tourney with a first-round 307 followed by a second-round 310.  After one day of play, the ThunderWolves were 10th out of 11 teams.

Their third round output was markedly better, cutting 17 strokes for team 293.  But it still didn't allow the Pack to climb the leaderboard, finishing in 9th place out of 11 teams, only finishing ahead of two non-RMAC entrants, Upper Iowa University and Concordia-St. Paul.

Contributing factors to the Pack's low finish was a +8 80 put up the Pack's top golfer, David Duarte (Sr., Fountain, Colo.) and a total of four rounds in the 80s throughout the tourney.

The lone bright spot for the Pack was the play of Chad Novak (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.), who put up a -2 70 in the tourney's final round, the 8th best mark of the round.  Novak finished tied for 16th overall.