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Golfers shoot career-lows in win at Pana

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By Andrew Harner

The Vandals golf team picked up its first event win of the season by posting its lowest score of the year on Monday to defeat Pana at Oak Terrace Golf Course.

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Senior Jake Shulman, junior Jake Bowen and freshman Richie Well each tied for first by shooting 41s, and junior Zach Schaal’s 43 was the next-lowest round in the event.

They combined to give Vandalia a team score of 166, which easily beat the 197 put up by Pana.

The 41s were career-best rounds for all three Vandals, and Well had the only birdie, his third of the season.

Also golfing at Pana were freshmen Alex Cogagne (70) and Riley Herron (72).

For Shulman, he now has a three-round average of 43, a drastic improvement from the average of 55 strokes he held after his first three rounds last season.

Likewise, Schaal has improved from a 46 to a 41.7, and Bowen has dropped his average from 53.7 to 46.

Vandalia (3-3) played its first two nine-hole matches of the season last Wednesday and Thursday.

At Carlyle on Thursday, Schaal and Well each shot a 42 to help the Vandals finish in a tie for third place.

The team score of 183 – which also included a 47 from Shulman and a 52 from Bowen – tied with Breese Central, but trailed Carlyle (159) and Woodlawn (181).

Also golfing were Alec Schroeder (52) and Levi Cox (61). Schaal had the team’s lone birdie, giving him a birdie in three straight events.

At Staunton on Wednesday, the Vandals went 2-1 to finish second in a four-team event.

Shulman and Schaal each shot a 41 to tie for fourth individually and lead the Vandals, who finished eight strokes behind Marquette Catholic in the team standings.

Marquette had a 161, while Well added a 42 and Bowen added a 45 for Vandalia, which finished at 169.

Also golfing were Staunton (169) and Mt. Olive (247).

Each Schaal, Shulman and Well had a birdie during the match.

Vandalia is at home on Thursday, taking on Ramsey and Altamont at Vandalia Country Club, and travels to Litchfield next Tuesday.