Golf take second in Beloit

Jimmy Kloppmann

The LU men’s golf team shot consistently all day Saturday to grab a second-place finish at the Beloit College Buc Open in the seven-team field. Fresh off the heels of a win at Ripon, the men headed to Beloit to try and take home another crown.
Last week’s weather had the men dressed up in parkas and snow pants, whereas this week the men were in shorts for the first time all year. The fine weather allowed for the team members to be very aggressive with their shots and, in turn, every individual finished in the top 16.
Junior Tom ‘HD’ Vyskocil, who felt it was necessary to make some adjustments after the previous weekend, led the Vikes. “I changed my swing the previous Sunday and was excited to try it out; sure enough, it worked. I made a nice birdie putt on the 18th hole to shoot 77.” His score is the low round for our golfers on the year and tied him for a fifth-place individual finish.
Vyskocil may have been able to finish even higher if the course had been kept up a little better. “The only complaint about Saturday was that the greens were awful. They were bumpy and it was really hard to make a putt longer than 10 feet.”
Adam Ferguson shot a 78, closely following Vyskocil. After Ferguson, Jim Breen shot an 81 and Jim Crowley and Jonny Mays shot an 83 to round out the scores.
The men fell to Carroll University, a team that collectively shot only nine strokes over par and were led by a round of 72 made by Jay Gitlewski.
As the season winds down, Vyskocil thinks the Vikes are playing well at the right time. “Hopefully we can keep shooting lower more consistently as a team, as that will get our confidence going into the Conference tournament,” he said.
The Vikes will look to keep improving this weekend when they host their annual tournament. The Lawrence Invitational will be held at Eagle Creek Golf Course this Saturday, April 25.