Men’s golf currently sits fifth at IIAC championships

Molly Pals & Kylie Swanson | Sports Co-Editors

Buena Vista University’s (BVU) men’s golf team has three golfers in the top-15 individually following Saturday’s second round of the Iowa Conference Men’s Golf Championships. The tournament was hosted by Central College at Bos Landen Golf Club in Pella, IA.

As a team, the Beavers posted an overall round of 320 and currently sit in 5th place.

Better conditions proved to be helpful to BVU as four of the team’s five golfers bettered their scores from Friday’s opening round. Senior Mitch Brunick shaved two strokes off his score and is tied for 7th place and is only four shots back of the clubhouse leaders.

Junior Kyle Auffert and senior Jaron Smool sit in 14th and 15th, respectively. Auffert posted a 79 as Smool finished with an 80 and the duo combined to improve by 11 shots. The two are only four strokes out of the top-10, which earn all-conference accolades.
The Beavers haven’t had multiple individuals earn all-conference honors since 2008, and the team hasn’t had three in a single season since 1980.

Sophomore Andrew Zinn shaved 8 strokes off his first round as he shot an 83 in round two. Zinn’s improvement proved to be the best on the team. He’s currently tied for 30th, three shots ahead of teammate senior Troy Ticknor, who turned in his second straight round of 88.
After an 83 to open the championships, Coe College’s Garrett Ross carded an even-par round of 71 on Saturday and finds himself tied with two others for the clubhouse lead.

In the team race, the host Dutch extended their lead to 19 after posting an overall mark of 302. Coe College sits in second after a round of 311 with the Beavers who are fifth, sitting just six strokes back of the Kohawks.

The final two rounds of the championships will take place next Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, at Finkbine Golf Club in Iowa City, IA. Friday’s round tees-off at 11 a.m. with Saturday’s final round to begin at 9 a.m.

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