Northwestern men’s golf spent the past weekend at Indian Creek Golf Course in Elkhorn, Nebraska as they competed in the two-day GPAC fall qualifier. After the first round, NW had a team total of 306, placing them in third among all GPAC schools. Junior Isaac Knock and freshman Brock Murphy finished in a tie for fourth place overall. Both golfers ended the first round with a score of 71, only three shots behind the leaders. The Raiders trailed second-place Midland by two shots at the conclusion of the first 18 holes.
The second round began on Saturday, Sept. 28 as the final 18 holes of the fall championship were played. Knock remained in the top 10, finishing nine over par, and freshman Ezra Meyer moved from 15th overall after the first round to being tied for 8th place after the second round.
NW fell back two spots in the team standings by the end of the weekend, finishing in fifth place with only one stroke separating them from fourth-place Jamestown. The Raiders scored a 323 in the second round, and Jamestown’s 316 just barely pushed them ahead of NW.
Morningside finished the day with a 588 to lead all GPAC schools. Morningside’s leader, Jonny Douglas, held the lead at two below par, while two other Mustangs, Torben Boeger and Sam Storey, rounded out the top three. The final 36 holes of the GPAC Championship will be played on April 27 and 28 in Dakota Dunes, SD.
NW freshman Brock Murphy finished the weekend with a score of 159, which landed him in a tie for 16th place. Junior Jake Olsen placed 29th, holding a score of 165, and freshman Alex Snyder tied for 33rd with a score of 166.
The Raiders finished the weekend with their third top five finish this year. They placed fifth in the GPAC Preview on Sept. 23 and fourth at the Siouxland Invite on Sept. 10. NW will be back on the course on Oct. 21 and 2
2 as the Raiders travel to Kansas City, Missouri ,to compete in the Park Invite.
The Raiders are coached by Aaron Aberson, who is now in his 10th season as the men’s head golf coach and 16th overall season as a part of the golf program.