Golf swings into spring season

Payton Emond, Contributor

Men’s and women’s golf closed out the first tournament of their spring season on March 17, at Saginaw Valley State in Georgetown, Kentucky. Out of the 21 teams in attendance, the men clinched ninth after two full days of intense competition with a score of 294-290-584. The women finished the weekend in fifth with 329-308-637, competing against 23 other teams.

Coming off of spring break, both Flyer teams had the opportunity to practice in Florida prior to the Saginaw Tournament. “We used our spring break to go south as a team, so we got five good days of training before the tournament,” said junior Braden Bentley, who tied for 17th personally this tournament. Training in Chicago weather comes with its own challenges though, and it was greatly due to their preseason preparation that both Flyers teams were able to compete this weekend.

“The weather was cold and windy, but it was nothing that we weren’t ready for,” said Braden about the conditions at Saginaw. “Preparation can be tough in the Chicago winter, but we've all been grinding this offseason as much as possible.”

Overall for the weekend, the men's team finished in ninth behind Ferris State, Grand Valley State and Hillsdale in the top three spots. Bentley finished with Lewis’ low score of the weekend, tying for 17th at 69-74-143. A second-round 71 allowed senior Jimmy Roach to make a big impact for the team. Roach and sophomore Trey Tussey moved up to ties for 23th and 42nd respectively, helping the teams overall score take ninth place.

“We were disappointed with a ninth place finish, but there were a lot of good things to take away from it,” said Bentley about the weekend. We posted good numbers, and this is the first time all year we played better on day two than on day one. We have a lot more in the tank, but this wasn’t the worst start.” 

The women’s team had a slightly better showing over the weekend finishing in fifth overall. Sophomore Kasey Kane had the women’s low score of the tournament, placing in a tie for fifth individually at 78-72-150. Kane was also named to the All-Tournament team. Freshman Jackie Moreno finished with a second-round 74 to move up to a tie for 16th at 82-74-156. Freshman Caiya DeWitt tied for 35th and Freshman Morgan Mcnulty tied for 79th to round out the Flyers this past weekend.

Both teams will be back in action next weekend, with the men’s team attending the Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational on March 31 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind. and the women’s team hosting the Perry Park Spring Fling in Perry Park, Kentucky on March 30.