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Men's Golf Endures Rough Second Round at Classic
By: Ashley Hofer, Sports Information Student
RAMSEY, Minn. (UWECBlugolds.com) - After beginning the day tied for fourth, the UW-Eau Claire men's golf team slid to ninth of 18 teams during the second round of the Gustavus Adolphus Twin Cities Classic held at the Links at Northfork golf course.
The Blugolds combined for 308 strokes in the middle round of the Classic – 11 more shots than yesterday’s score. The two-day total of 605 strokes, 29 over par, dropped Eau Claire down to ninth place. Illinois Wesleyan jumped to the top of the charts with a new total of 583 strokes. While the entire field was extremely volatile, host Gustavus Adolphus was one of the big movers of the day, improving by 17 strokes to move into fourth place overall.
Jake Brookshaw (Jr.-River Falls, Wis.) continued to pace the Blugolds, shooting a 76 today to tie for sixth in the individual standings. Jamie Krula (Jr.-Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chi-Hi) and Jake Brookshaw (Jr.-River Falls, Wis.) nearly matched their day one scores, but fell to 45th and 49th places with respective shot totals of 153 and 154. Ben Brooks (Fr.-Beaver Dam, Wis.) was the only Blugold to improve on his first round score, and his new 155 total placed him 54th while Jake Erickson's (Fr.-Chaska, Minn./Academy Of Holy Angels) two-day total of 160 dropped him to 81st in the standings.
The Blugolds will have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow during the final round of the Classic. Play will resume at 11 a.m. at the Wayzata Country Club in Wayzata, Minn.