Niles, with three freshmen golfers, finishes sixth in its first meet of the season; Vikings continue play today

Published 10:19 pm Tuesday, August 10, 2004

By By ADAM FISHER / Niles Daily Star
Niles boys' golf coach Greg Gunder wasn't too pleased with his team's efforts in its first event of the season, but he expects his players to do better today.
Niles finished sixth at the Coloma Comet Invitational, combining for a score of 351, 30 strokes behind winner Plainwell. Junior Chris Haas and freshman Alex Welch were the top individuals for the Vikings, both shooting a 42-45 for a total of 87.
Both players were well behind the invite's medalist from Schoolcraft, who shot a 71..
Team leader, and Niles' only senior, Ben Landgraf didn't fare well, either. He shot an 88 on rounds of 43 and 45. The total was the worst score of his high school career.
The Vikings look to improve their scores today at the Bronson Invitational beginnig at 11 a.m.
Today's invitational uses the Stableford scoring system. The system gives players points for their performance on each hole, rather than tracking individual strokes.
A double eagle is eight points, an eagle five, a birdie two and a par is zero. If a player bogeys, he loses a point, while a double bogey subtracts two points. The PGA International, which finished Sunday, used the Stableford scoring system.
No matter how the score is kept, however, Gunder expects a better performance from his team today, and for the rest of the season.