Valley golfers drop close dual

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

ROLLA -- Senior Andy Anderson went on a birdie binge on the back nine Saturday at Rolla, but the Missouri Valley College men's golf team was unable to pull out a victory over Missouri-Rolla -- the Miners winning the dual match, 304 to 307.

Anderson and freshman teammate Brian Brown were battling for the lead the entire day before Anderson put together birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to win medalist honors with a one-under-par 69 at Oak Meadow Country Club. Brown came in second with a one-over-71.

The Vikings, despite dropping 17 strokes from their season-opening score at the Lindenwood Invitational a week earlier, didn't equal Missouri-Rolla's team consistency. All five players for the Miners (0-1) carded scores under 78 -- led by the 75s of senior Adam Hunt and junior Craig Dudenhoeffer, formerly of Helias.

For Valley, junior Jeff Stender (83), senior Rich O'Connor (84) and freshman Richard Berry (86) were well off the pace.

"We still need to get more out of our three, four and five players," admitted MVC coach Jim Anderson. "Brown and Anderson can compete with anyone at this level. We just need the lower part of our lineup to come through."

The Vikings (0-1) will play at home for the first time this season April 2 in a dual match with Central Methodist at Stone Hedge Golf Club.

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