Published on November 19th, 2012 | by Nicole Kappelman0
Golf Teams End Seasons With a Positive Outlook
Nicole Kappelman, Contributor
Above photo by Steve Woltmann: Senior Brandon White helped the men’s team finish sixth in the Midwest Regional #2 by tying for fourth place individually.
Over the course of the past three months, the men’s and women’s golf teams have each shown their capabilities. With top finishes in each tournament they’ve played, and key players standing out at each event, both teams had a positive end to their fall season, and they both have a bright outlook for the spring.
Finishing up their last tournament of the season, the men’s team headed to Missouri to compete in the Midwest Regional #2 Oct. 23 and 24. Top finishes included seniors Brandon White and Harrison Carmichael and freshman Alex Thode.
“Coming into the fall, we didn’t really know what to expect as a team,” White said. “We have two very solid freshmen, as well as several guys returning who have been key contributors.”
White tied for fourth individually with a final score of 148. Thode finished with a final score of 155, while Carmichael finished the event with a 156. The team finished sixth overall at the final tournament.
“Upon our success this fall, we have had to adjust our spring expectations,” White said. “We fully expect to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament and compete for a GLVC Championship.”
As for the seniors, though, the spring season will be the last time they put on their Lewis polos.
“It hasn’t really hit me yet that I’m about to graduate,” White said. “I’m just ready to compete. Once you know you’ve put the work in, you want to just get out there and play.”
The women’s team rounded out their 2012 fall season, finishing 14th in the FedEx Memphis Invite in Germantown, Tenn.
Top finishes for the Flyers included seniors Vanessa Phillips and Nicole Tucker, and freshman Alexandra O’Laughlin. Phillips rounded out the invite with a total score of 247 after finishing three rounds. Tucker trailed just shortly behind with a score of 250. O’Laughlin finished the two-day, three-round event with a final score of 254. As for the women’s team, they will begin their spring season traveling down to Laveen, Ariz., March 8 and 9 to participate in the Shootout in Arizona tournament. The men’s team will compete in the Las Vegas Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., beginning on March 3.
“Golf is an extremely mental game, and it can drive the best players to the verge of breakdown,” White said. “From every tough situation, you realize what you are capable of. I have surprised myself at times with how deep I can dig when I need to. We have high expectations as a team for the spring, so it’s important to refocus on that season and get ourselves prepared.”