LANSING, Mich. – The Taylor men's golf team dominated the 12-team field at the Spring Arbor Fall Classic on its way to a 32-shot victory on Monday.
The Trojans overpowered the 6,881-yard, par-72 layout of Eagle Eye Golf Club, setting a new school record with a 36-hole team score of 11-under par 565 (277-288).
Junior Alec Dutkowski led the way for the Trojans in the morning round with nine birdies on his way to a school-record score of 6-under par 66. Senior Mitch Lamping continued his stellar play with an opening round 68 (-4) while senior Nick Waskom tallied a 71 (-1) and senior Trey Turner finished with an even par 72 as the Trojans tallied the second lowest 18-hole team score in program history. Junior Jeremy Ray was the drop score for the Trojans in the morning with an 80 while sophomore Nate Morris carded a 71 while playing as an individual.
Taylor's 277 score in the opening round was 24 shots clear of the next closest team on the scoreboard and paved the way for TU to cruise to victory in the afternoon.
Turner led the charge for TU in the afternoon round with a 2-under par score of 70. Dutkowski battled back from some early struggles in round two to finish at even par 72 to match Lamping. Ray bounced back with a 2-over par 74 in the afternoon while Waskom carded a 76 and Morris tallied a 75 as the Trojans finished at 288 for round two.
Taylor's 36-hole score of 565 (277-288) set a new school record for the lowest 36-hole team total in relation to par at 11-under. The Trojans finished 32 shots clear of Saint Francis (597) and finished ahead of six Crossroads League foes including #RV Marian (601), Mount Vernon Nazarene (606), Spring Arbor (612), Grace (616), and Huntington (619).
Dutkowski recorded his third top-3 finish in three events thus far this fall with a second place finish at 6-under par 138 (66-72). He finished one shot behind Bryce Turner (68-69) of Saint Francis.
Lamping finished tied for third place at 4-under par 140 (68-72) while Turner finished tied for fifth (72-70), Morris tied for seventh place (71-75), and Waskom tied for ninth place (71-76). Jeremy Ray claimed 23rd place at 154 (80-74).
The win was Taylor's second in a row and runs TU's head-to-head record for the season to 29-1. The Trojans have a couple of weeks off before returning to action at the Egypt Valley Intercollegiate on October 16-17.