WATERLOO - Xavier had four players finish among the top six and took control of the MVC Valley Division lead Monday at Gates Park.
J.P. King finished second, Matt Junge and Jason Beer finished in a three-way tie for third and Ben Sagers tied for sixth as Xavier won the second leg of the three-tourney series that determines the division champions.
"I made a comment recently that we hadn't played our best golf yet," Xavier Coach Tom O'Brien said. "Today we played well."
Xavier posted a 306 that was 12 strokes better than second-place Cedar Falls. The Saints entered the meet in second place, one stroke behind Hempstead and one ahead of Cedar Falls. They now hold a 13-stroke lead over the second-place Tigers and are 16 clear of Hempstead, which finished third Monday with a 323.
Jefferson was fourth, Prairie fifth, Iowa City West sixth and Waterloo East a distant seventh. Those teams hold those same places in the overall standings.
Hempstead's Carson Hillery shot a 1-over par 73 to take medalist honors. He is the overall medalist leader by three strokes over Xavier's Beer. King is five shots back.
The final round of the tournament is Sept. 26 at Airport National Golf Course in Cedar Rapids.
Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2011 23:29