Freshmen Mike DeRuntz and Michael Hasselbring led the way as Illinois Wesleyan’s men’s golf team took the first-round lead in the 22-team Big Blue Classic Friday at Scovill Golf Course in Decatur.
DeRuntz shot a 1-under-par 70 to share the individual lead and Hasselbring had a 73. Sophomore Alex Warner added a 74, sophomore Mark Niemann a 77 and junior Ryan Gumbel a 78, giving IWU a 294 total heading into today’s final 18 holes. Blackburn was second at 296 and Lindenwood third at 297.
“Everyone played pretty decent,” IWU coach Jim Ott said. “The nice thing is our two top scorers are freshmen. If we get our upperclassmen to help out some more, maybe we can extend the lead.”
DeRuntz was tied at 70 with Andy Odle of Blackburn and Bill Schedniche of McKendree. IWU’s B team was in seventh place at 305, led by senior Matt Sump and freshman Chris Green at 74.
Women 14th at Illini tourney
Megan Teschner’s 80 led the Illinois Wesleyan women as the Titans were tied for 14th place after the first round of the Illini Spring Classic at Savoy.
Other IWU scores were Alison Mayer at 84, Ashley Higginson at 87, Taylor Paskell at 90 and Andrea Johanns with a 97. The Titans had a 341 total to tie for 14th with Truman State heading into today’s final 18 holes. Oregon shot a 307 to lead by one stroke over Iowa.
Illinois, led by University High School graduate Meghan Naik’s 76, was tied for fourth at 314 with Indiana and Cincinnati in the 16-team event.
“We battled,” IWU coach Kathy Niepagen said. “We had a rain/lightning delay (two hours). Winds were a factor and we struggled with the greens.”
“Megan Teschner was the only one to play a practice round (Thursday) and it truly made a difference. I really believe we will score (today). We need to play like we belong.’ ”