Though Knox did not have enough golfers to field an entire team at the Millikin Big Blue Fall Invitational, three golfers — junior James Fenner, sophomore Ben Schlotter, and sophomore Mackinzie Champman — competed individually on Friday.
Things were going quite well for Fenner on Friday, as the junior was four under heading into his final three holes.
Fenner described the round up to that point as “one of his better days,” but unfortunately that was when Mother Nature decided to unleash her fury. Rain caused the remainder of the day to be scratched, as officials could not find nine holes that every individual had played.
The tournament continued on Saturday, with Fenner, Chapman and Schlotter shooting an 82, 93 and 97, respectively. Tough conditions and a tough golf course left
Fenner without complaint about the performances, though he has big plans for himself individually in conference this year. Fenner plans “to win it all on the individual level,” much like Bobby Stuebi ‘12 did last season. Fenner will have to wait for spring before he can do that.
The crosscountry team is off to a fast start.
“We’re running really, really fast really, really early,” junior Gabe Moreno said. “Nearly everyone on the team had a season or lifetime personal record.”
A fast start indeed. Freshman Elizabeth Reyes had the second fastest 6K time in school history and two more freshmen, Mickella Duffy-Webb and Melissa Silva, have joined her on the Top 25 Individual Time list.
It has long been a habit of Knox sports to be subpar, but no more, according to Moreno.
“It’s kind of a trend in Knox sports nowadays to be good. We’ve had a tradition of being pretty terrible, and I think a lot of people are just fed up with that,” he said.
Knox seeks to improve on their finishes at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational hosted by Augustana College on Friday, Sept. 21 (number 15 out of 34 teams for the men, 26 out of 32 for the women) when they head to Wisconsin for the Beloit Old English Classic this weekend.
After finishing last in their first tournament, the Knox College women’s golf team has shown improvement in each of their subsequent tournaments. This includes a season best performance in the second round of last weekend’s Millikin Fall Classic on Sept. 22 and 23.
By shooting a team total of 391 on Sunday, Knox shaved 25 strokes off their first round score. However, this was not enough to move up in the standings as the Prairie Fire finished 14th overall out of 15 teams.
Senior Mia Savard led the team, finishing 28th place individually after rounds of 88 and 84, while junior Sarah Martin shot a 103 and 100 in her rounds. Senior Monica Price shot a 107 and 101, and junior Lizzy Rodgers shot a 118 and a 106 to round out the field for Knox.
Washington University won not only the team competition, shooting 617 over their two days, but also claimed the individual competition after Washington’s Olivia Lugar defeated Millikin’s Gabbi Schuerman in a playoff.
Women’s golf has one more chance this year in the regular season when they play in the Grinnell Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29.