By Maggie Franke
Over the weekend, the Wheaton Men’s Golf team hosted their first Wheaton Invitational at Cantigny Golf Course. With a strong performance, senior Drew Engelking earned individual medalist honors.
When asked about the perks of hosting an invitational, junior Jabe Gonder said, “Cantigny is an incredible home course and it was nice to play where we practice.”
Engelking’s first round left him in eighth place with a score of 76, but his excellent second round performance cut five strokes from his score. After the 73-point second round, Engelking carded a 149. He was tied for first place then won the tie-breaker over Carthage College’s Joe Vath. Engelking earned CCIW Men’s Golfer of the Week honors thanks to his victory this weekend. He won the award once before as a freshman.
In the team event, Wheaton finished fourth overall. Carthage College won the invitational, but was closely followed by Aurora University and Carthage’s B-team. Marian University also competed in the invitational taking sixth and seventh place overall behind Carthage’s C-team.
“We’ve been working on course management and feel as if our games are all trending towards a successful spring,” Gonder said. There are four more invitationals before the CCIW Men’s Golf Championship, and a lot of CCIW play remaining in the season. Last year, Wheaton placed third overall at the conference championship tournament.
Wheaton’s next finisher was senior Joshua Chung who finished in a tie for 17th overall. Sophomore Cooper Williamson and freshman Ben Blasé of Wheaton tied for 20th, and junior Jabe Gonder finished close behind in 24th place. Junior Luke Meyer also competed in the tournament and finished in 29th place overall.
The Wheaton men’s golfers will return to the competition this Friday, April 5 at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational.