Golf prepares for final conference

As April ends, the Lawrence University’s Golf team’s season and their run as a varsity sport. The team’s last tournament is the Midwest Conference Championships. The Conference tournament will be played at Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford, Ill. on April 28-30.

Throughout this year, the team has had notable appearances in tournaments, both during the fall portion of their season, as well as their spring portion of the season. Certain individuals have had a few outstanding performances in this portion of the season.

Sophomore Ryan Clark, finished with a tie for 23rd in the St. Norbert College Invitational last weekend and another tie for 26th in the Vikings’ spring season opener, the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational. Clark carded scores of 85, 13 over par, and 79, seven over par, at the St. Norbert College Invitational, while scoring 80, eight over par, at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational.

Nigel Schuster, junior, carded a score of 73, one over par, at the Forester Spring Invitational during the opening weekend of the season, earning him the title of the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week following that invitational and a tie for second place. Just the day before, Schuster shot an 82, ten over par, at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational which resulted in a tie for 45th. Schuster’s one over par is a career low for him.

Nathan Ley, junior, carded scores of 80, eight over par, and 87, 15 over par, at the St. Norbert College Invitational that resulted in a tie for 28th. At the Forester Spring Invitational, Ley carded an 84, 12 over par, to finish in a tie for 46th. Ley has been consistent with his scoring throughout the Spring portion of the season.

Despite the weather being quite unwelcoming, preventing the team from practicing much before their opening weekend, they have kept a positive attitude at their tournaments. The team has their sight set on finishing strong at Conference. This is the final season that golf will be recognized as a varsity sport. Next year, it will be considered a club sport.

With the golf team’s last tournament this weekend, the team will attempt to accomplish their personal goals and place high on the Midwest Conference scoreboard. With this being the final chapter of the varsity golf saga, these athletes will be able to say they are the last of their kind, meaning that they are the last generation of the Lawrence University Golf team.

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