Salukis have rough day on course, drop six spots in tournament standings

By Aaron Graff

The Saluki men’s golf team dropped more spots than any other team on day two of the Cardinal Intercollegiate to finish near the bottom of the pack.

Louisville, the host, won the tournament with a score of 870, good for 6-over-par. SIU’s total score of 923, 59-over-par put them in 15th place of 16 teams.

The team shot two 298’s on day one and placed ninth. In the third round it shot 18 strokes more than any other team to drop six places on the leaderboard.


Coach Justin Fetcho changed his lineup from the last tournament. Junior Drew Novara golfed from the number one spot in both tournaments before this week, but moved to the third spot. Novara finished 15 strokes over par to finish tied for 54th place.

“We went off of the scores from Illinois State,” Novara said. “It didn’t really bother me, I didn’t think too much about it. It was just my role on the team for this tournament. I just tried to put up the best numbers that I could.”

Novara said the course was drier and the winds were stronger on day two of competition.

“The wind picked up a little bit, but not enough to warrant any high scores like we had,” Fetcho said. “We got rattled early and we couldn’t recover.”

Senior Steven Souchek moved up to the number one spot from the third spot on the team and finished 20 strokes over par to finish tied for 73rd.

Senior Wade Thompson led the team in scoring. Thompson shot three rounds in the 70s to finish 7-over-par and tied for 26th. Thompson said he was happy with his overall performance, except for a couple of holes.

“It would feel better if I played up to my standards, as well as everyone else,” Thompson said. “It’s kind of hard to say if it feels good at all to lead the team at this tournament.”

Senior Andrew Mitchell finished 22-over to finish tied for 75th and senior Brady Brown was one stroke worse than him to finish tied for 77th.

The Salukis next play at the Skyhawk Classic Oct. 6-7 in Paris, Tenn.