Jeff Schaller and the Concordia College mens golf team entered the Dowling College September Shootout Golf Tournament off of limited practice time. The team had a few practices after welcoming a new coach so the team did not know what to expect. What Schaller showed was that practice might be overrated. The junior shot a pair of even-par 71s and went on to finish second at Long Island National Golf Course. Schaller tied for first place with Dowlings Kurt Bray, but the host teams golfer won a play-off on the fourth extra hole. Schaller was the medalist on the final day of the tournament. Concordia finished eighth in the 18-team field.
I tied for first, shot even par both days and had the low round the second day, said Schaller, a Kingston (NY) graduate and Business Administration major. I have a lot to take away from this and I am going to build off of it. Schaller, a two-time qualifier in the New York State Public High School Golf Championships while at Kingston, felt he was consistent from tee-to-green and on the green. I didnt hit many errant shots and I had the putter going well, including 29 putts on the first day. If I had dropped a couple of more putts, I would have won the tournament," he said. "I had six six-footers in the last six holes and only made two putts. Schaller explained that he and Bray played the par-3 ninth hole three times. The duo parred it the first two times and bogeyed it the third time. They moved to the par 4 17th hole and Bray parred the hole to win.
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