MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s golf team kicked off the fall portion of its 2012-13 schedule over the weekend at the two-day Cropper Classic, hosted by Mount Mercy in Marion, Iowa.
The Tigers were in 11th after the first day of competition Saturday, Sept. 7, and finished in 11th after the second round Sunday at Hunters Ridge Golf Course. Dakota Wesleyan shot a 318 Saturday and shaved 15 strokes off its score in Sunday’s second round with a 303 to finish with a two-round total of 621. Host-school Mount Mercy won the event with a two-over 578 and Illinois Wesleyan took second with a 603.
Individually, Austin Hieb tied for 15th to pace Dakota Wesleyan. He shot a 77 on Saturday and wrapped up the tournament with a 73 Sunday afternoon for a two-day total of 150. He finished nine strokes behind Mount Mercy’s Ryan Schlueter, who won the tournament with a 141.
Senior Travis Johnson also recorded a top-25 finish for the Tigers. He took 23rd after shooting an eight-over 152 at the tournament. Johnson shot a 79 on Saturday and a 73 Sunday. Also for Dakota Wesleyan, Josh Korn tied for 74th with a 162 (82, 80); freshman Tyler Burr tied for 81st with a 164 (87, 77) and Anthony Husher shot a 167 and tied for 90th (80, 87).
The weekend tournament was a warm up for Dakota Wesleyan, which competes in the first Great Plains Athletic Conference qualifier of the season Thursday, Sept. 13, in Orange City, Iowa. Northwestern College hosts the qualifier at Landsmeer. The Tigers are looking to improve on their sixth-place conference finish from 2011-12.