Lawrence golf team posts fourth-place finish

Matt Hoh

The Lawrence golf team played their way to a fourth-place tie with Ripon Sunday at the Ripon College Invitational. As a team, Lawrence shot a 352, missing a third-place finish by two strokes. The invitational was played at Lawsonia Golf Club in Green Lake, Wis., a par-72 course.
Lawrence’s five-man team shot within six strokes of each other in the first match of the year in Wisconsin. Jon Mays led the way for the Vikings, shooting an 86, good enough to put him in a three-way tie for seventh place.
Wonjae Sung shot an 87, Tom Vyskocil 89, Adam Ferguson 90 and James Breen 92. Tom Vyskocil commented on the performance: “It was kind of disappointing to take fourth, but at the same time it was nice to know we had a shot at first. If our last golfer in would have been able to shoot a 76 we would have taken first, and that’s nice to know for the future.”
The course was ranked the fifty-fifth best classic golf course in the nation by ****Golfweek**** magazine. It is also said to have a great layout, unmatched beauty, outstanding panorama, historical landmarks and abundant wildlife. All in all, it sounds like a great place to play.
However, all of the course’s features are only beneficial when the weather cooperates, which it did not last weekend; the high was 43 F.
“I was wearing sweat pants with khakis over and then wind pants over that” Vyskocil said when asked about the weather.
The constant 14-mph wind with gusts up to 25 m.p.h. made a cold day even tougher. As Vyskocil said, “Some shots we needed to use an extra couple clubs to get the distance.”
The Vikings golf team is back in action when they head down to the Beloit Invitational April 19, where they will be playing at Glen Erin Golf Club.
The team departs for the Beloit Invitational hoping to build upon a solid start to the season and work towards the automatic bid into the Division III golf tournament.