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With substitute coach, Northwood walks away with win at Claud Jacobs

By BY JOHN HORNBERG - JHORNBERG@VICAD.COM
Feb. 19, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 18, 2013 at 8:19 p.m.


Brad Caldwell had never been a college coach before this weekend. He does coach golf, though, and that made him imminently qualified to stand in as coach for the Northwood men's golf team at the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate while regular coach Ben Belfield was with the women across town.

Boy, what a debut.

Northwood posted the low round of the tournament Monday with a 296 to jump from a close third place into the win with an overall score of 903 for the event, led by individual champion Joss Gosling, who finished the tournament at 2-over after posting a round of 1-over 73 to close out the event.

One tournament coached. One team win. Not bad for a substitute.

"They're as good as anybody out here," he said. "Positive reinforcement goes a long way with kids, and they showed through today."

The Knights finished three strokes ahead of second place Texas Wesleyan, which entered the day tied in the team standings with Cal State San Marcos. The Cougars, after shooting a 296 in the second round, fell off the pace early and finished 10 strokes back and in fifth place.

UHV finished in last place out of 12 teams, at 77-over as a team and 13 strokes back of 11th place Houston St. Thomas. Steven Jones posted his second low round of the event, saving par with a brilliant tee shot on the 13th hole to earn a birdie and a round of even par Monday. He ended the day in a 10th-place tie on the leaderboard.

Gosling, though, stole the show. And he did it without any frills.

"Hitting greens was the main thing, and leaving myself in sensible positions," Gosling said. "If you leave yourself short on these pins, with a down hill, down grade or down wind chip, it's impossible to stop the ball."

He shot 1-over twice and opened the tournament even-par. Late, the sophomore from England looked like he was losing his grip on the lead. He bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes before heading to the final three holes.

He had no clue how close or how far his competition was from him in the standings as he finished his round.

"I had no idea where I was the whole time," Gosling said. "The bogey on the 17th was when I might have slipped out, but luckily, I was OK."

The reality was, on the final three holes, the three closest players melted away, leaving Gosling to finish with a comfortable 2-stroke margin.

St. Thomas' Zach Cabra, who entered the day tied for first and was just one stroke off the lead with three holes to go, bogeyed the 11th and 12th holes, falling back to fifth. Lubbock Christian's Niel DuPreez was 5-under for the final round after 10 holes, notching six birdies along the way, but he played the final eight 4-over. He still finished in second place overall. Oklahoma City's Anthony Marchesani opened the day with an eagle on No. 1 and was 3-under for the day but finished the final four holes 5-over.

Finishing strong, Caldwell said, was important to Northwood securing the team title.

"They started on the harder holes, and we knew that the last three to five holes were a good stretch for them," he said.

For the coach, who is the middle school and high school golf coach at Waco Vanguard, it was as much a chance for him to watch his son, Northwood freshman Carter Caldwell, play in the tournament as it was for him to contribute to the team.

"This was the first time I was able to act as coach for a college team, and my son on the team makes it all the better," he said. "It was a very rewarding experience."



UHV STRUGGLES AGAIN

William Dawson-Hicks saw his score improve in each of his two rounds after shooting over 80 in the first round. He was able to follow it up with a round of 79 on Sunday evening and shot 78 to close out the tournament Monday. The Houston Elkins graduate feels his physical game is there, but there's still a lot to work on from the mental aspect.

"I wanted to keep my head together," and said. "We could all do it physically. It just came down to who was mentally tougher. The course played tougher as the wind picked up."

As the conditions worsened, he felt he had to play better. He was able to lower his score twice and come away with a decent round.

"I began to play smarter, leave myself some makable putts," he said.

Monday, though, was not so kind to much of the team. They were two strokes over their second round, shooting a team score of 311, although there were a few silver linings. Along with Dawson-Hicks coming in a stroke under his second-round score, Jones moved into 10th with an even par round Monday.

But there were problems. Every golfer except Jones turned in at least two double bogeys Monday. Vance Edwards came in at 9-over 81, Colton Martin posted an 80 and Jake Truss shot an 81.



NOTES• -- Cal State San Marcos entered Monday tied for the lead with Texas Wesleyan after shooting a team score of 296 in the second to jump into contention. The 309 the team posted on Monday was tied for second worst of the day, with St. Thomas.

-- Led by Ryan Connolly's 5-over showing in the tournament, Wayland Baptist came away with third place in the tournament, finishing with a 299 on Monday and six strokes out of first place in the team competition.

-- The low round of the tournament ended up being a 2-under 70, posted by both Oklahoma City's Anthony Marchesani and Texas Wesleyan's Nathan Anderson in the second round on Sunday.

-- UHV is in action each of the next two weekends, with the men traveling to San Antonio next weekend to participate in the San Antonio Shootout. They are at the NAIA Contender tournament the following weekend at TPC Four Seasons in Irving after that.

Final Results

1 Northwood (Texas) 298 310 295 903

1 Joss Gosling (1) 72 73 73 218

T17 Carter Caldwell (3) 74 80 74 228

T23 Jeremy Novakowski (5) 77 79 74 230

T28 Derek Trofimczuk (2) 75 78 78 231

T31 Daniel Stoakes (4) 77 81 74 232

2 Texas Wesleyan 306 298 302 906

T6 Nathan Anderson (1) 76 70 77 223

T10 Blake Vinson (2) 79 73 74 226

T20 Dylan Anthony (3) 75 76 78 229

T23 Jose Pablo Rolz (5) 77 79 74 230

T41 Calvin Clyde (4) 78 81 77 236

3 Wayland Baptist 296 314 299 909

T3 Ryan Connolly (3) 72 78 71 221

8 Darryn Els (1) 71 79 74 224

T14 Ian Ansett (2) 79 74 74 227

T43 Tristan Cottrell (4) 74 83 80 237

66 Gregory Mertens (5) 90 83 93 266

4 Oklahoma City 310 295 307 912

T3 Anthony Marchesani (2) 77 70 74 221

T17 Brodie Hinkle (4) 75 75 78 228

T28 Scott Verplank (3) 76 75 80 231

T31 Monty Lack (1) 82 75 75 232

T61 Oswin Schlenkrich (5) 83 89 81 253

5 California State-San Marcos 296 308 309 913

T10 Ryan Odom (1) 74 76 76 226

T20 Steven Gouirand (3) 72 75 82 229

T23 Adam Loran (2) 75 77 78 230

T31 Scott Shefflette (5) 75 84 73 232

55 Randy Hensley (4) 78 80 84 242

6 Lubbock Christian University 305 313 299 917

2 Niel DuPreez (1) 72 77 71 220

T14 Chad Meador (3) 77 75 75 227

T38 Facundo Garcia (2) 80 79 76 235

T43 Nicolas Cornu (5) 77 82 78 237

T48 Leon Scheepers (4) 79 82 77 238

7 Our Lady of the Lake 307 312 300 919

T6 Aaron Flores (1) 74 76 73 223

T10 Dustin Blair (3) 76 77 73 226

T28 John Mulholland (4) 75 79 77 231

56 Nick Chacon (2) 82 80 81 243

T57 Larry Lopez (5) 82 85 77 244

8 Rogers State U. 308 308 304 920

T17 Preston Bartley (4) 76 75 77 228

T20 Tanner Owens (2) 78 76 75 229

T31 Mark Healy (5) 78 78 76 232

T41 Hagen Barmasse (3) 76 84 76 236

T53 Garrett Fey (1) 83 79 79 241

9 Texas at Brownsville 305 312 304 921

9 Gage Murphy (2) 77 77 71 225

T14 Eric Cavazos (3) 73 77 77 227

T43 Alberto Castillo (4) 78 79 80 237

T43 Saad Milan (5) 80 79 78 237

T50 Marcus Cavazos (1) 77 85 78 240

10 Grand View University 302 324 301 927

T23 David Walter (2) 76 80 74 230

T31 Tyler Christians (5) 73 81 78 232

36 Mike Slavin (1) 75 85 73 233

T38 Matt Weeks (3) 78 81 76 235

T48 Kyler Ludwig (4) 78 82 78 238

11 Saint Thomas University, Houston 310 309 309 928

T3 Zach Cabra (1) 71 74 76 221

T23 James Rayner (5) 78 76 76 230

T43 Sean Kennedy (4) 79 79 79 237

T50 Richard Le (2) 82 80 78 240

T63 AJ Skiba (3) 86 87 83 256

12 Houston-Victoria 321 309 311 941

T10 Steve Jones (2) 81 73 72 226

T38 Vance Edwards (1) 78 76 81 235

T50 Colton Martin (3) 79 81 80 240

T53 Will Dawson-Hicks (4) 84 79 78 241

59 William "Jake" Truss (5) 83 83 81 247

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