Nebraska Wesleyan shot a day two total of 292 to overcome a one shot deficit and defeat Central College by two strokes to win the team title at the Wartburg Invite held April 10-11 in Waverly, Iowa. The Prairie Wolves had a two-day total of 587 to win the 21-team tournament.
Senior Nate Jaeger led the Prairie Wolves with a 1-under par total of 143 (72-71) to place second overall. Jaeger (Lexington, Neb.) was just one shot back of the individual winner Kevin Stanek from Iowa Western Community College.
NWU was tied for second place as a team after Saturday’s action. The Prairie Wolves shot a 295 on Saturday to tie with Central for second, one stroke behind Luther College which shot a 294.
Individually, NWU had three players place in the top 10. Besides Jaeger at second place, junior Patrick Hanzel shot a 145 (72-73) to tie for fourth place, while senior E.J. Hamilton was one stroke back at 146 (75-71) to tie for sixth place. Rounding out the NWU scoring was Ryan Boyer who fired a 153 (76-77) to tie for 27th. The fifth NWU golfer was Geoff Oliphant who ended at 157 (79-78).
Nebraska Wesleyan now prepares for the third GPAC Qualifier, which will be held Monday (Apr. 12) at Firethorn Golf Course in Lincoln. The Prairie Wolves are currently in second place trailing Morningside College by 20 strokes. NWU will tee off starting at 12:33 on Monday. The first group will tee of at 10:00 a.m. at Firethorn.