Vetrovsky paced Indians at MCC golf meet

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Steve Kodad/McCook Daily Gazette Ben Vetrovsky of McCook tees off on the 18th hole at Heritage Hills Golf Course in McCook during opening round action April 11 from the MCC Invitational college men's golf meet. Vetrovsky was third in the individual standings after he shot a 78 over the opening 18 holes. The host Indians were third in the team standings, with the final 18 holes on tap Friday, April 12 at the McCook course.

It was probably more about survival than scoring during the opening round of the MCC Invitational golf tournament Thursday, April 11.

The men's college golf competition got underway at the Heritage Hills Golf Course with the opening 18 holes Thursday afternoon. Golfers representing two-year college teams from Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming battled tough conditions, complete with gusty winds and chilly temperatures.

The McCook Community College Indians were in third place in the team standings following Thursday's opening round. Six individuals competed for MCC, and the low four scores were added for a team total.

McCook had a 337 total, one stroke behind second-place Eastern Wyoming College. Trinidad State (Colo.) Junior College shot the low round of the day with a 324.

Northeastern Junior College of Sterling, Colo. was fourth at 348, and Lamar (Colo.) C.C. was fifth with a 386.

FORMER McCook High School standout Ben Vetrovsky paced MCC in Thursday's action. Vetrovsky carded a 78 to sit third in the individual standings.

Vetrovsky's former Bison teammate and fellow MCC sophomore Cory Dallam, fired an 82 in Thursday's windy conditions. Other McCook C.C. scores included Sean Mitchell (freshman, Omaha Burke) with an 85, Joel Linen (freshman, Goodland, Kan.) with a 92 and Clint Schneringer (freshman, Callaway, Neb.) 93. Nick Wiemers (freshman, Millard North) competed as a medalist (non-team scoring) for MCC and shot a 90.

Joe Apache of Trinidad State led the individual standings with a 75. Nathan Stoddard of Lamar C.C. was second with a 76, followed by Vetrovsky two strokes behind. Wacey Lym of Eastern Wyoming was fourth with a 79.

Indians head coach Brandon Lenhart said his team had to show mental and physical toughness to battle through Thursday's round.

"I am proud of how my team went out there and competed today," Lenhart said. "Each member of our team really had to battle the elements and performed well today. I am looking forward to seeing how we respond (Friday) morning."

THE FINAL 18 HOLES of the MCC Invite are scheduled Friday, April 12, at Heritage Hills. Because of the cool conditions, the first tee time has been pushed back to 9:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service forecast for McCook Friday is calling for mostly sunny skies with afternoon high temperatures around 52 degrees with northwest winds around 10 miles per hour.

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