UNI golfers compete at WIU Invitational



Tommy Doyle was the top finisher from the UNI men’s team at the WIU Invitational, placing sixth in the competition. Doyle shot a 71 in the third and final round, his best round of the competition.

ADAM JOHNSON, Sports Writer

UNI’s men’s and women’s golf teams participated in the WIU Invitational in Silvis, Ill. at TPC Deere Run on Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4. 

On the men’s side, each team had five players that got to participate towards their own and team score, and one player who only accounted for himself. The Panthers had Tommy Doyle, Griffin Parker, Thomas Storbeck, Connor VanWeelden and JD Pollard competing for the team and individually. Ben Bermel was competing as an individual. 

In the first round, the Panthers shot 295 as a unit. Parker led the way with the best round anyone had in the whole tournament with an impressive 68, Pollard with a 75, Storbeck and Doyle at 76, VanWeelden at 80. Bermel shot 81. In the second round, the Panthers were not quite as good. This time they shot a 300. Doyle had a 73, Storbeck and VanWeelden at 75, Parker a 77 and Pollard at 78. Bermel shot a 77. In the third and final round of the tournament, the Panthers shot 302. Doyle led the way once again with a 71, Parker and VanWeelden at 76, Pollard 79 and Storbeck at 80. Bermel finished the tournament with a 79.

Doyle finished the tournament tied for sixth, Parker tied for eighth, Storbeck and VanWeelden tied for 30th and Pollard tied for 33rd. Bermel tied for 46th. The Panthers finished as a team in fifth, at +45 on 897 strokes. 

On the women’s side the setup was the same. Victoria Hualde Zuniga, Anna Jensen, Lily Bredemeier, McKenna Mallow and Rylie Driskell competed towards the team total, and Madison Humke was competing individually. 

The Panthers shot a 318 in the first round. Hualde Zuniga led the way with 75, Jensen 77, Bredemeier 82, Mallow 84 and Driskell 85. Humke shot an 81. In the second round, the Panthers shot a better score with a 313. Jensen and Bedemeier both shot a 76, Hualde a 79, and Mallow and Driskell shot 82. Humke shot an 80. In the third and final round, the Panthers shot a 319. Hualde Zuniga shot a 77, Mallow 78, Jensen an 81, Bredemeier an 83 and Driskell shot an 85. Humke shot an 84.

Hualde Zuniga and Jensen had top 10 finishes. Hualde Zuniga finished in fourth and Jensen in seventh. Bredemeier tied for 14th, Mallow 17th, Humke in 18th, and Driskell 23rd. The Panthers finished in third at +98 shooting a 950 throughout the whole tournament. 

Both the men and women will get back to it on Monday, April 10, competing at the Stampede at the Creek in Elkhorn, Neb.