WINONA, Minn. –Winona State Men’s Golf began its 2022-23 season with a convincing win over a strong field at the Super Regional Preview, hosted by WSU at Bridges Golf Course in Winona, Minn. WSU’s Alessandro Trenta took individual medalist honors to pace the Warriors.
After shooting a team score of 294 (+10) on day one, Winona State found themselves trailing by one stroke and tied for second place. The Warriors came out shooting in the second round and shaved 10 shots off their first-round score to shoot a par 284 as a team and win the event on their home run.
WSU finished 12 strokes ahead of finalists Washburn and 13 strokes ahead of Wayne State (Mich.). The Warriors were the only team to shoot even par or better in any round of the tournament and led the scoring on all par 3s, par 4s and par 5s, in addition to recording the most birdies.
The Bridges Golf Course challenges golfers to play smart and limit mistakes. Trenta, a freshman from Killwangen, Switzerland, did just that, posting a clean sheet on day two to earn medalist honors. Trenta was two strokes off the lead after day one, but golfed steadily in the second round and shot a par three-under, 68, with 15 pars and three birdies for a two-stroke victory.
Gabe Goodman started the tournament with back-to-back double bogeys but quickly found his groove from there. He finished the first round with a 72(+1), then shot an even 71 during the second round to finish second individually.
Abraham Elmore was the third Warrior to finish tied for third or better in the tournament which featured 91 golfers overall. Elmore birdied six on day one and finished with a 72(+1) to place in the final group for the second round. He played a regular second round, shooting another overhand, 72, to finish the event at 144 (+2) and tied for third place.
Rounding out Winona State’s lineup were Peyton Coahran and Matt Turner, and each recorded low second-round scores to help WSU secure the team victory.
Coahran shot a 77(+6) in his first-ever collegiate round, then shot a three-for-74 to finish with a 151(+9) and a top 40.
Turner also finished in the top 40 after posting a 152 (+10). He managed to take six shots off his first round score of 79 to shoot a 73 in the final round of the event.
Tyler Johnson (+12), Bennett Thomas (+13), Bailey Callander (+25) and Markus Iwerbo (+25) competed individually in the tournament.
This week’s win marks the start of a promising season for head coach Jeff Straight and the Warriors, where they will be looking to return to The Bridges Golf Course in May 2023 for the Division II Super Regional of the NCAA.
Winona State will next be in action when they travel to Bemidji State on September 12-13 at the BSU Invitational.
About Winona State University Athletics:
The Winona State University Intercollegiate Athletics Department, as an integral part of the institution’s educational mission, is committed to providing opportunities to experience academic and athletic excellence at our student-athletes through two simple words: Graduate champions.
Fourteen Warrior programs compete at the NCAA Division II level within the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Winona State University competes as an affiliate member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in the sport of women’s gymnastics.