Sweeney helps women’s golf to NCAA berth, men follow suit

Photo by Steve Woltmann Sweeney’s 71 earned an ALL-GLVC award, and her team a spot in the regional meet.

Photo by Steve Woltmann
Sweeney’s 71 earned an ALL-GLVC award, and her team a spot in the regional meet.

David Ridderhoff, Sports Editor

Junior Rachel Sweeney shot a tournament—low 71 in her final round at Annbriar Golf Course to earn an All-GLVC award and help the Lewis University women’s golf team to their best team finish at the GLVC Tournament since 2000. The finish helped seal a berth in the NCAA Regional Tournament for the Flyers.

Sweeney tied for third in the three day event, finishing with a 225 total score. She was joined by fellow junior Melissa VanSistine in the top 15, with VanSistine shooting a 235 for the event. Sophomore Hannah Schultz’s 244 was good enough for 32nd, and rounded out a strong top three for the Flyers.

The Flyers next stop is the Regional Event, which will be held in Springfield, Ill. The Flyers earned the 11th seed in the event, with 12 teams and six individuals competing in the event. Should they advance from this tournament, they will move on to the NCAA Championships in Aurora, Colo.

Sweeney’s final round 71 was the lowest by a Flyer at the GLVC Tournament since 2000, and matched her score from the CSU-Pueblo event earlier this season, which she won.

The men fared just as well, also earning fifth for the event. This will now be their fourth consecutive invitation to the NCAA Regional event.

Alex Thode helped keep his college career alive, as he finished in a tie for fifth in the event. They shot a team total of 290 on the final round, and missed the Match Play portion of the event by only five strokes.

Three Flyers finished in the top 25 for the event, with senior Robert Dofflemyer III and junior Andrew Grant both were able to earn top finishes. Sophomore Jack Korzon shot the lowest round for any Flyer, with a final round 68.

The men got the eighth seed in the event, which will take place at The Meadows in Allendale, Mich. on May 2.

With both teams now entered, golf tournaments in the past have proven that seedings and rankings do not decide the winners.

Although they are not the top-seeded team on either draw, a good round or two by a couple of the team’s golfers could lead to the teams advancing. To find out if they do, visit lewisflyers.com.

David Ridderhoff is a junior Radio/TV broadcast major. He is the sports editor for The Flyer. He is also the general manager of Lewis’ radio station, WLRA. As an avid sports fan, he also collects hats and jerseys from a variety of sports teams.

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