The Grinnell College men’s golf team made the most of its spring break trip to Arizona, taking advantage of practice rounds in tough weather conditions to shoot a solid score on a beautiful day in a competitive meet.
Led by Peter Marsho’s ’12 5-over-par 77 on a day with 80-degree temperatures and light wind, Grinnell golfed a 325 in a dual meet with the University of Arizona at Arizona National Golf Course in Tucson.
Ian Luby ’12 and Chris Marsho ’14 added 82s for Grinnell, Jon Cohen ’14 had an 84 and Jared Dye ’12 recorded an 85.
Arizona finished with a score of 309, led by Ben Esparza's 74. Dylan Kornberg added a 77, Benson Liu a 79 and Kenji Hernandez a 79.
“We started the week with rough weather,” said Peter Marsho. “It was 45 degrees, snow and hail. Yet this is the best spring break trip I’ve ever had down here, and it’s a great cap when our team shoots a 325 this early in the season on a great 82-degree day.”
Luby agreed with Marsho. “Everyone improved throughout the week as we shook off the rust,” he explained. “We ended up using that experience to shoot a great score today. We’re looking forward to returning to Iowa and picking up where we left off.”
Grinnell coach Brian Jaworski said the trip proved to be a great experience for his squad.
“There are a lot of things that make this trip special and it starts with our hosts, the University of Arizona golf program,” he said. “Everything is first-class with them. The golf environment is extremely competitive and that brings out the best in all the players.
“I especially like to see the competitive friendships that our players have with the Arizona players,” he continued. “We owe a huge thank-you to the Wildcat coaching staff for being such generous hosts. Based on our performance today, we have every reason to believe that this golf team is capable of competing at the highest level.”