Men’s Golf team driving for greatness this season

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Photo by Steve Woltmann
Junior Jake Korzon helps lead the team in their opening weekends.

Joyce Balash, Sports Editor

Lewis University golf teams are gearing up for a great sea­son with strong performances coming not only from their veterans, but the rookies as well.

The men’s team started their season by competing in the Farmers Insurance Sam Proal Invitational. After two days of competition, the Fly­ers took a sixth place finish. Ju­niors Jack Korzon and Austin Buente were a part of a four-way tie for 17th place with scores of 224, while senior Ryan Ballard trailed them at 28th place with a score of 229.

The Flyers then played in the University of Wiscon­sin-Parkside Fall Invitational where they came out on top. Freshman Braden Bentley scored a 141 and took first place overall. Juniors Jack Ko­rzon and Austin Buente came back with another strong weekend of play. Korzon, with a score of 145, tied for fifth place and Buente placed in the top 15, his final score being 150.

The men are off to a strong start and hope to continue their winning quests.

The women played in their first tournament of the sea­son at the Farmers Insurance Sam Proal Invitational. Finish­ing the weekend with a score of 632, the Flyers took third place. Freshman Madison Hill led the way for the Flyers by scoring 156, for a tie at 11th place. Not far behind Hill was senior Rachel Sweeney with a score of 157, followed by ju­nior Hannah Schultz scoring a 159 and senior Melissa Vansis­tine with a score of 160.

For the Screaming Eagles Golf Classic, the women again finished in third with a score of 614. An improved score from the first tournament, Sweeney and Vansistine shined bright by tying for eighth place.

“In the first tournament, I wasn’t extremely consistent with my driver so that put me in bad situations for my ap­proach shot,” said Sweeney.

Sweeney improved her play as she jumped up from 15th in the first tourney, to eighth place in the second. “I was much more consistent with my driver which gave me easier putts,” said Swee­ney. The women are shooting high for this season, as Swee­ney says their goal is to make nationals.

Both golf teams are show­ing their strengths with strong play coming from various lev­els on the team.

 

Joyce Balash
Joyce Balash is a junior public relations/advertising major with minors in marketing and organizational communication. This is her first year as sports editor for The Flyer. She is also a member of the Lewis women’s volleyball team.

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