Golf drives it home in final outing of the Fall season
By Megan Himm (TheLorian)
The Loras College women’s golf team wrapped up their season with a conference on October 10-12. Loras is a member of the American Rivers Conference, along with Buena Vista, Central, Coe, Luther, Nebraska Wesleyan, Simpson, University of Dubuque, and Wartburg. The three-day tournament took place at Ames Golf & Country Club. The course had a par of 71.
The first day of the tournament had great weather with temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s and some wind. The second day of the tournament had even nicer temperatures, although players had to contend with winds up to 30 miles per hour. Strong wind on day three forced players to play smart. The sky was clear of clouds, and the temperature stayed in the 60’s.
Loras was only able to bring two players, so while the school could not take a team score, the two could still compete as individuals. Junior Carlene Paul shot a 96, 93 for a 189 on the first two days. First year Megan Himm shot a 94, 99, for a 193. Paul finished up day three with a 96. Himm ended day three with a career best 92. Paul and Himm tied with a total of 285 for the tournament.
As the women finished up their last day, the men’s team began their final fall tournament. Due to both teams playing on the same day, the coaches were split. Head Coach Cole Sondgeroth was with the women’s team, while Assistant Coach Erin Sondgeroth was with the men’s team. Both coaches were present with the men on the second day.
The men played at Finkbine Golf Course, in Iowa City, Iowa. The course played longer at 6945 yards, with a par of 72. This two-day tournament was hosted by Central College, and took place October 12 through the 13.
The temperature for both days was in the 60s, the second day reaching a high of 68. Strong wind on both days affected the ball, and players had to adjust.
The men finished fourth out of ten teams with a score of 649. Sophomore Dominic Leli led the team, shooting 161 and finishing 11th overall. Junior Jack Suedbeck and senior Jake Peiser were close behind with scores of 162 and 163. Senior Bo Burgmeier and junior Ryan Keating tied with 164. First year Will Schimbke shot a 165, and junior Craig Collins finished up the team score with 166.
This wraps up the fall season for both the men and the women. Collins sums up the men’s season, “Our fall season gave us a lot to work on for the spring. We did not perform to the level that we wanted to, but we can also take a lot of positives away from our last few tournaments. When looking ahead to the spring, it’s going to be crucial that we take advantage of the off season. We know we are truly capable of winning conference so we need to put in the extra work in the winter to make it happen. We have a special team and we are all able to make each other better. I’m excited for the spring and I’m confident in our team and what we can accomplish.”
During the offseason, both teams will utilize the indoor practice facility, as well as lift. Both teams were grateful that they could play, and look forward to the spring season.