The combined Monmouth-Knox “Scot-Fire” Invitational kicked off with freezing temperatures and blustery winds.
On a day when baseball, softball and track were cancelled, collegiate golfers braved the frigid temperatures and whipping winds. Knox College senior Ryan Meier isn’t sure what that says about the mental makeup of golfers.
“I don’t know. Maybe we’re just a little more crazy,” Meier said with a laugh.
Despite difficult playing conditions, the Monmouth College men’s golf team utilized its home course advantage for a three-stoke victory in the inaugural Scot-Fire Invitational at Gibson Woods Golf Course on Saturday.
Monmouth and Knox Colleges combined forces this year to create a two-day weekend tournament that attracted a total of 14 teams. Right on cue, freezing temps hit the area and caused scores to soar into the 80s and 90s in Friday’s first round at Soangetaha Country Club.
The cold conditions convinced four Midwest Conference teams to leave after the first day, including St. Norbert, Beloit, Ripon and Lawrence. But with the conference tournament less than a month away, the Monmouth and Knox coaches decided to carry on and finish the invite Saturday.