Golf’s Ferguson wins Beloit College Invitational -cd

Matt Hoh

Ferguson Wins Individual Title and Helps Vikings Take Second.
LU junior Adam Ferguson won the Beloit College Invitational on Saturday, Apr. 19, by shooting a two-over par round. Ferguson shot a 74 on the par 72 course, good enough for a three-stroke victory at the Glen Erin Golf Club located in Janeseville, Wis. After being second worst in his group in the front nine, Ferguson pulled of a great day on the back half.
“The back is much more difficult; there are a few long par 4’s on the back that are lined with trees on both sides of the fairway, but I managed to play well,” commented Ferguson. He went on to two birdies and a par putt on the last three holes.
When asked about his performance Ferguson said, “This is near the best golf I’ve ever played.” He commented that the team had already left the course to get dinner after the round before all competitors were finished for the day. He had no idea that he had won until head coach, Joel Depagter, called to let him know.
Ferguson commented, “If you want a direct quote from him, he calls me and goes ‘hey poop sandwich you won!’ It felt pretty cool; it’s the first tournament I’ve ever won.”
Ferguson helped the Vikings to a second place finish in the tournament, with a team score of 325, +37 for the course. Freshman Jon Mays helped the team by shooting an 8-over 80 which was good enough for a tie for ninth.
Also in the top twenty was Jim Breen who shot an 10-over par 82, which lead to a 12th place finish. Sophomores Andrew Russell and Tom Vyskocil rounded out the team by shooting 89 and 91 respectively. The team was only six strokes behind the first place team from Carroll College.
Vyskocil commented on the team’s performance as well: “I know that we weren’t really in contention last year but this year we have a different outlook. We know we have the ability to win these tournaments so that is our goal every time we get out on the course along with winning Conference.”
The team continues to keep the goals set high and works towards the conference title.
Glen Erin Golf Club is a unique Irish-themed golf course in which Glen Erin literally mans “Ireland’s Valley,” which reflects the unique rolling terrain and the prominent vale that runs through the site. The course is 6,806 yards and incorporates the Old Irish flavor with wide firm surging fairways, pot bunkers, native fescues in the outer rough and immense greens. The course has been rated five-starts for 2006 and 2007 by the *****Chicagoland Golf Magazine********, after only being constructed in 2003. “The course played as easy as it could, there was essentially no wind,” commented Ferguson.
The team was also in action April 20 and 21 at the Carroll College Invitational.
After the first round, the Vikings were in third place as a team and were leading all teams in their division playing. First round scores on the par 72 course at the Broadlands and Bristlecone Pines were as follows: Ferguson 75, Vyskocil 78, Mays 83, Jim Breen 86 and Russell 88.