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Lakers turn in opening scores in Phoenix

By Staff | May 21, 2008

PHOENIX — Members of the Iowa Lakes Men’s Golf Team ended their opening rounds in respectable fashion at the NJCAA Division II National Men’s Golf Tournament at Palm Valley Golf Course in Phoenix, Ariz.

Tom Thompson of Kimball, S.D., shot an opening round 76, which was the best score turned in by a Laker Golfer in the first round.

“Tom hit it pretty good most of the day,” said coach Dan Soper. “He really didn’t get into too much trouble today.”

Ross Froehlich of Algona shot a 79 in the first round of the tournament; good enough to give him the second best score for an Iowa Lakes player.

“Ross played well most of the day after a shaky start,” said Soper. “He was only three over going into No. 16, but made a quadruple (7) on the par three which really hindered his overall score.”

Nick Christensen of Mission, Texas, shot an opening round 84 and never really got a feel for the course.

“Nick had nine penalty strokes which really hurt him, and I think he will learn from it and post a good score tomorrow,” said Coach Soper.

Due to the staggered tee times, the golfers will not be sure of her standing versus the field until everyone has completed the opening round.

Scores can be found at http://www.golfstat.com‘>www.golfstat.com under the College Golf Coverage headline, by clicking on the ‘Men’ link in the May 19 NJCAA line (near the middle of the page).

The Iowa Lakes golfers have tee-times between 1 and 1:30 p.m. today and will look to the heat to be the biggest challenge.

“It got to 100 degrees today in Phoenix and with the afternoon tee-times tomorrow, the heat will be a huger factor,” said Soper. “We will have to make sure the men stay hydrated tonight and keep hydrated during their round tomorrow.