ANKENY – Cody Rozales earned runner-up honors to lead the Waldorf College men's golf team to third place in the Iowa Central Spring Invitational.
"His game has really come around," Waldorf coach Mark Clouse said.
Rozales shot a 36-hole score of 147, closing out the two-day tournament at Otter Creek Golf Course on Friday. The senior from New Richmond, Wis. fired a 73 on the opening day and turned in a 74 on Friday despite battling cold and blustery conditions.
"He had really solid ball-striking," Clouse said. "It was really more of a mental test than anything and he was one of the few that kept it low."
Rozales finished the tournament strong, ending the second round with a birdie.
"That was a good finish after a long, tough test of golf," Clouse said.
Waldorf received its final team scores from junior Rick Young and sophomore Hugo Becerra. Young tied for 11th, putting together a 157 on rounds of 75 and 82. Becerra ended in a 14th-place tie, finishing with a 160-stroke total on rounds of 79 and 81.
Toomsen claimed 13th with a 159 on rounds of 74 and 85. Boswell tied for 18th, shooting an 81 and 86.
Hein and Sommer tied for 20th with 176-stroke totals. Hein carded rounds of 83 and 93. Sommer turned in rounds of 90 and 86.
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) won the team championship with 598 strokes, edging Kirkwood Community College (600) by two strokes
Waldorf (614) took third to place ahead of Northeast Community College (615), Iowa Lakes Community College (622), North Iowa Area Community College (635), Iowa Central Community College (639), Ellsworth Community College (682) and Hawkeye Community College (740).
The Warriors had opportunities to climb up the team standings, but DMACC and Kirkwood held on for the top two spots.
"We had a really good chance to move up further than that," Clouse said. "The last four holes of the tournament really determined the finish and we didn't do that well, which left us in third."
DMACC's Hunter VanVeen won the tournament with a 140, firing back-to-back rounds of 70 to defeat Rozales by seven strokes.
A strong showing is an encouraging sign for Waldorf in just the second spring competition.
"The guys are playing good golf right now, so there are a lot of positives," Clouse said. "We're trying to get the putter to warm up a little bit more and when that happens, we're going to be tough to beat."
The Warriors return to action in Monday's Tiger Classic at Fort Madison, starting at 11 a.m.
Waldorf faces Iowa Wesleyan College in match play on Tuesday at Fort Madison at 10 a.m.
Vying for the top spot in each competition remains the No. 1 objective for the Warriors.
"We're contending in each event, which is a goal," Clouse said. "Now, we just need to close the deal."