STORY BY ADAM ROGAN
It’s not everyday when a freshman is the hero of the day, but that’s what happened on March 30 for the Drake University Men’s Golf team.
Freshman Matt Lavery shot a two-over, 74 in windy conditions at Des Moines Wakonda Club, the lowest score on the day between Drake and Creighton University, leading the Bulldogs to victory, by one stroke in their second dual of the season.
The final score read 310-311, Drake just barely slipping past the Bluejays for their second win of the season.
The second and third best scores of the day belonged to Creighton’s John Spellerberg (76) and Trey Pettite (77). Will McDonald of Drake and Jonah Buss of Creighton each posted a 78 on the scorecards.
Creighton’s Ben Rogers finished his round with a score of 80, the highest of the counted scores for the Bluejays, as only the four best scores are counted in team collegiate golf.
79s from seniors Dane Worley and Devin Leland and freshman Drew Ison finished off the Bulldogs’ score of 310, a day of consistent scores proving to be all that Drake needed.
This win followed up on the Bulldogs middle-of-the-road eighth place finish at the Jackrabbit Invitational two weeks ago in a field of 15 teams.
The matchup was also the second time the Bulldogs have competed in a dual with Creighton this season, Drake winning 300-319 on October 28. This is the third consecutive victory against Creighton for the Bulldogs.
Drake’s next competition will be at the Bradley Invitational in Peoria, Illinois this weekend, facing off with their hosts, conference rival Bradley University.