“It’s been a lot of fun this weekend,” Hagen said. “We had some of the great teams from around the nation coming in. We’ve never had a field like that ever at that tournament. To have those teams in there and to win that tournament is really impressive.”
The fun continued for the Warriors on Monday as IHCC joined Odessa, McLennan and New Mexico as well as regional rival Iowa Western in making the trip southeast down Highway 34 to Burlington for the NJCAA Division I National Preview Tournament. With more of the best NJCAA Division I teams in the field, Indian Hills didn’t blink as the Warriors took a slim one-shot lead after the first of three rounds with a 300 at the tough Spirit Hollow course over top-ranked Central Alabama, the team that dethroned IHCC last year at the national tournament.
“We’ve played a lot of golf over the last eight days, but we kept getting better all fall,” Hagen said. “We had some of that national talent at our course and we’re still playing well against more national talent here in Burlington.”
The tough day of play at Burlington forced the second round to be stopped midway through due to darkness. Teams will return to the course today at 8 a.m. to finish the second round with the final 18 holes of the tournament being played immediately afterwards.
For Hagen, however, it’s just part of busy schedule that has seen the young Indian Hills’ golf team thrive at the end of the fall season. The Warriors will be looking today for a third straight win dating back to the Kirkwood Invitational title earned just eight days ago.
“That’s why I set the schedule up like that,” Hagen said. I knew we had a chance to play a shorter week starting with Kirkwood and I knew the guys could handle it. It’s worked out pretty well.”