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MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Waldorf College men's golf team opened the season with a ninth-place finish in the Graceland Spring Invitational.
The Warriors completed the two-day tournament on Saturday, turning in a team score of 668 strokes at Mozingo Lake Golf Course.
With members of the Waldorf College men's golf team trusting and believing in one another, the Warriors are looking to generate success this season.
Bear Creek Golf Course played host to chilly home invitational for the Warriors on Sunday. At the start, temperatures hovered in the upper-40s, but the lack of wind gave to favorable scoring conditions. The five team men's field posted a narrow margin in the team scores. Central College White took home first, posting 305 to beat out Waldorf by just two strokes. Iowa Wesleyan College rounded out the top three with a team score of 309. IWC's Blake Mitchell also posted the day's low-round, 1 under-par 70.
For the second weekend in a row the Warriors traveled to Dubuque, this time for the University of Dubuque Invitational at the Dubuque Country Club. The short, 6,000 yard, par 70 course featured back pins both days in an effort to lengthen the course for the field.
The Warriors managed a team total of 328 after Saturday's rounds. They bounced back on Sunday by dropping 16 strokes from their team score. Juan Roa and Thomas O'Rourke tied for 29th place, both shooting 157. O'Rourke overcame putting woes from the first round, where he shot an 84, to card a 3-over 73 on the second day.
Next weekend the Warriors will compete at the AIB Fall Invitational, which will be held at Lake Panorama on Friday and Saturday.
Forest City High School senior, Thomas O'Rourke has signed a letter of intent to play his collegiate golf at Waldorf College.
O'Rourke's talent on the course is matched by his abilities in the classroom, which drew the attention of Waldorf's Head Golf Coach, Mark Clouse. "Thomas has excelled both in the classroom and on the golf course, which is an ideal combination for someone wanting to compete at the collegiate level."
"Team chemistry is important because the players spend a lot of time together preparing for competition," added Clouse. "His personality will mesh nicely with our current roster of players which should help the transition from high school to college go smoothly for him."
Coach Clouse is excited about the effect O'Rourke will make on the golf program. "Thomas is motivated to make an impact in college. It will be exciting to watch him develop over the next four years as a Waldorf Warrior."
|Mount Mercy Cropper Classic, Sept. 6-7|
|Clarke Classic, Sept. 14-15|
|University of Dubuque Fall Invitational, Sept. 20-21|
|AIB Fall Invitational, Sept. 26-27|
|Warrior Fall Invitational|
|William Penn Fall Invitational, Oct. 10-11|