MACOMB, Ill. — The Indian Hills golf team used a consistent approach with great success at the Western Illinois Invitational on Friday.

The Warriors came in with a 596 after playing 36 holes to take second place behind Western Illinois. The hosts lead with a 36-hole total of 584.

“I’ve been telling the guys — as long as we keep working hard and practicing hard, scoring is going to come,” Indian Hills coach Mike Hagen said. “I think it did today.”

Trent Peterson of South Dakota State and Jared Steger of Western Illinois lead after both shooting a 144. Indian Hills’ Steven McGlynn is right behind with a 146.

“[Steven] just played a steady round of golf,” Hagen said. “He didn’t make a lot of putts, but he didn’t make many mistakes. He hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens.”

Jake Weeber and Nate Smith played well on Friday. Weeber shot a 148 to take fifth after day one. Smith fired a 75 in both rounds. Hagen was happy with how each player responded after not playing their best last week.

“Jake’s ball striking is getting better and better,” the third-year coach said. “It took a little bit to get going this spring, but you saw it today. He was striking the ball better. I was happy with how he played.

“Nate struggled last week too. They both bounced back and came out and put up a good scores.”

Eric Anfinson fired a 153 for the Warriors, and Chris Dougill shot a 154.

Indian Hills was one of only three teams to break 300 on the day. The Warriors actually led after the first round, the first time they’ve led after any round in the Western Illinois Invitation during Hagen’s three years in Ottumwa.

“With 7-8 Divison I schools — a lot of these schools are playing junior and seniors,” Hagen said. “We are playing freshmen and sophomores. We played consistent. It was one of the better starts in competition we’ve had all year.”

Today, the field of 16 teams will play 18 holes to decide the title.

At Western Illinois Tournament


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Team scoring — 1. Western Illinois 298-286 584; 2. Indian Hills 296-300 596; 3. South Dakota State 305-294 599; 4. Oakland 307-303 610; 5. Wisconsin Green-Bay 305-309 614; 6. Lindenwood 311-304 615; 7. Western Illinois Gold 312-303 615; 8. St. Ambrose 313-309; 9. Parkland 311-312 623; 10. IUPUI 314-312 626; 11. Loyola 326-314 640; 12. Truman State 317-323 630; 13. Robert Morris 326-316 642; Maryville 331-338 659; 15. ICC 334-335 669; 16. Chicago State 332-337 669; 17. St. Francis 344-356 700.

Leader — Trent Peterson (SDSU ) 144; Jared Steger (WILL) 144.

Runner-up — Steven McGlynn (IHCC) 146.

Indian Hills individuals — Steven McGlynn 74-72 146; Jake Weeber 74-74 148; Nate Smith 75-75 150; Eric Anfinson 74-79 153; Chris Dougill 74-80 154.


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