The Drake men's golf team, under the leadership of second-year head coach Matt Lewis, opens its 2012 fall campaign traveling to Nebraska City, Neb., to compete in the 12-team Fairway Club Invitational next Monday (Sept. 10) and Tuesday (Sept. 11). The 54-hole event, hosted by the University of Nebraska, will be held at the Arbor Links Golf Club. Golfers will tee off starting with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. CT both days.
The 12-team field includes: Creighton, Drake, Illinois State, Nebraska, Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State, SIU Edwardsville and Western Illinois.
The 2012 edition of the Drake men's golf team returns every member of its 2011 squad, while adding freshman Will McDonald (Sapulpa, Okla.) into the mix. Sophomore Dane Worley (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and redshirt sophomore Devin Leland (Huxley, Iowa) led the way in 2011, averaging 76.3 and 77.3 strokes per round. As a team, Drake recorded a 305.8 scoring average with the Bulldogs firing a team-best 290 at the Jackrabbit Invitational.
A LOOK BACK
Firing a final-round 72, Devin Leland led Drake to an eighth-place finish at the Fairway Club Invitational hosted by the Arbor Links Golf Club on Sept. 13, 2011.
On the strength of four golfers shooting in the 70's, the Bulldogs posted the fourth-lowest round of the day carding a team total of 297 to finish the tournament registering a 914 (307-310-297=914).
Leland's three-round total of 217 (69-76-72=217) was good for a fourth-place showing in the first collegiate tournament of his Drake career.
Rounding out the Bulldogs' top five were Blake Huser (Altoona, Iowa), Ben Lyons (Centennial, Colo.) and Dane Worley, who turned in tournament totals of 233 (83-78-72=233/T-25th), 235 (80-80-75=235/T-30th) and 238 (81-76-81=238/43rd).
DRAKE HEAD COACH MATT LEWIS
Matt Lewis is in his second season leading the Drake's men's golf program after being named head coach on July 26, 2011.
In his first campaign directing the Bulldogs, Drake turned in top-10 finishes in six tournaments and was led by Devin Leland and Blake Huser, who posted scoring averages of 76.3 and 76.8, respectively.
In a finish where only eight strokes separated the third- to eighth-place finishers, Drake earned a seventh-place showing at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship on the strength of a 910 (303-292-315) score.
Huser tied for 12th at the State Farm MVC Championship. Also earning tournament flags for top-18 finishes were Ben Lyons and Dane Worley, who tied for 18th place.
Drake returns to competition at the Colorado State Invitational (Sept. 17-18).