September 7, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MARION - The John A. Logan College men's golf team is tied for second place in a seven-school 36-hole fall invitational tournament hosted by the Volunteers at Kokopelli Golf Course. 

Final round tournament action continues today beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Logan posted a score of 306 Sunday, good for a second-place tie with Vincennes University. Tournament leader is Indian Hills College out of Ottumwa, Iowa, which carded an impressive 290 in the first round. 

Rend Lake's "A" team is fourth at 313 followed by its "B" Team at 322. Kaskaskia is sixth at 335 and Lincoln Trail seventh at 337. Frontier College of Fairfield does not have enough players to compete as a team. 

The 306 score was especially disappointing to the Vols in light of back-to-back 285 totals on Friday at Franklin County Country Club, which led to a six-stroke victory over the nation's No. 1-ranked Indian Hills.

"We just didn't play very well as a team today and Indian Hills played as if they had something to prove," said JALC head coach Tom Ferris. "We're almost all freshmen and freshmen tend to be inconsistent with their play. We're a talented bunch, but unpredictable."

Freshman Neal Northcott of Carmi, who is playing the tournament as an individual, is leading the tournament with a low score of 69. Freshman teammate, Chris Tyminski, is second overall at 71. Sophomore Christian Seaton is fourth at 72. 

Freshman Austin Grote of Hoyleton had the next best score for the Vols at 77, but like Northcott, his score did not count toward the team score. 

"Neal was very solid today. He was where he needed to be in the fairways and his putting was good. I was happy to see him do so well," Ferris said.

Freshman Chase Witsman followed with an 80. Sophomore Trey Brinker added an 83 and freshman Kody Rendleman of Murphysboro had a 90.

"If we were counting Neal and Austin's scores, we'd  be in front, but that's the way it goes in golf. There are no absolutes," Ferris said. "I don't know if we can come back and win the tournament, but I would like to think that we can make it competitive if we play closer to our capabilities Monday."