The men’s golf team finished up the second round of the 2-day, split course tournament today at Fyre Lake Golf Course in Sherrard, IL. Today’s tournament was hosted by Black Hawk College. Thursday’s tournament was hosted by Carl Sandburg College. The two tournaments were played as both a single day and 2-day tournament. Winners were awarded for each low, single-day scores, as well as winners for the 2-day totals.
The Lynx came to play today on a perfect day as temperatures were in the upper 70’s with very little wind. A team score of 305 was good enough for a second place finish, and combined with Thursday’s team score of 312, the Lynx finished the 2-day tournament in second place as well.
Lincoln’s #1 golfer, sophomore Hunter Bettis (Bluffs, IL) fired a 2-under-par 69 to lead the team and the field. Bettis tied with Blackhawk College’s Ryan Hurley and the two went into a sudden-death playoff beginning on the
first hole. Hurley won the flip and had the honor and busted a 300+ yard drive down the middle putting the pressure on Bettis. Bettis responded with a solid drive down the right side leaving a full 100-yard wedge into the green. Bettis hit a perfect approach spinning his wedge off of the back slope of the green leaving the ball 12 feet for birdie and putting the pressure right back on Hurley. Hurley’s 73-yard approach came up well short of the green and it was a matter of formality as Bettis 2-putted for par and the win. Bettis shot a blistering 4-under-par 31 on the front nine. Bettis’ two-day total of 81-69=150 was good for 2nd place for the 2-day tournament.
Freshman Jack White (Lincoln, IL) continues to impress as he fired a 4-over-par 75. White’s 2-day total of 78-75=153 was good enough for an overall 6th place finish.
Thursday’s 3rd place winner, Hunter Leach (Glasford, IL) finished with an 80 on Friday and his 2-day total of 71-80=151 earned him a 5th place medal for the combined event.
The Lynx fourth score that counted for Friday’s team score was shot by sophomore Josh Matthews (Delavan, IL). Matthews continues to show great consistency as he fired a 39-43=82, the same 18-hole score he shot on Thursday.
Rounding out the Lynx scores was sophomore Cody Curry with an 89. After a rough opening hole and back nine, Curry was able to put together a solid front nine, which was encouraging.
The men will take the Labor Day weekend off and will be back at it on Tuesday to work on fine tuning any inconsistencies from the past two tournaments. The next tournament will be on Friday, September 9 and 10 at Kankakee Elks Country Club in St. Anne, IL. The shotgun start will begin at 12:00pm on Friday and at 9:00am on Saturday.