UNI takes 6th at Zach Johnson Invite

BEN LAHART, Sports Writer

The UNI men’s golf team stayed in Iowa earlier this week, Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27, as they traveled to Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines for the Zach Johnson Invitational hosted by Drake. The men competed well placing sixth overall among 14 teams.

In the first round of play Griffin Parker led the way with a score of 72 (+1) followed up by Thomas Storbeck shooting 75 (+4). Connor VanWeelden had the next best score with 79 (+8), but he was participating individually. Tommy Doyle had the next best score with 80 (+9). With scores of 82 (+11), JD Pollard and Jack Moody wrapped up the UNI scoring.

The second round showed some improvement for the Panthers as five of the six golfers improved their scores from the first round. Storbeck led the way posting a score of 70 (-1) followed closely by Pollard with a score of 71 (even). Parker was next on the team scoring 75 (+4) in the second round. With a score of 76 (+5), Moody finished in fourth for UNI in this round. Individually, VanWeelden finished round two with a score of 77 (+6) and Doyle closed up the Panther’s scoring with a 78 (+7).

In the final round, four UNI golfers posted their best scores of the tournament. The Panthers were once again led by Storbeck with an identical score as the previous round, 70 (-1). Next on the team was Parker with a score of 72 (+1). Pollard and Doyle both finished round three with a score of 73 (+2) followed by VanWeelden’s score of 74. Closing out the Panthers scoring was Moody with a score of 87 (+16).

Overall in the individual standings Storbeck led the way for the Panthers scoring 215 (+2) placing him tied for 12th. Parker finished second amongst the UNI team with a score of 219 (+6) which tied him for 18th place overall. Coming in third for the Panthers was Pollard with a total score of 226 (+13) tying him at 36th with three other golfers. VanWeelden finished tied for 50th with a final score of 230 (+17). Finishing only one stroke behind him was Doyle at 231 (+18) placing him at a tie for 54th. Wrapping up the UNI scoring was Moody with a total of 245 (+32).

UNI as a team finished sixth with a total team score of 889. North Dakota State took the team title with a score of 840. 

The Panthers will compete next at the Big O Classic in Elkhorn, Neb. next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3 and 4.