Golf competes despite dicey weather

John Revis

It’s hard to believe spring season athletic teams are practicing and playing with the constant temperature changes and the ever-present threat of snow in Wisconsin.

Although the Beloit Buc Open Invite last Saturday was canceled due to inclement weather and poor course conditions, the Lawrence University golf team was able to compete Sunday at the Carroll University Invitational at Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, Wisc. The team took a 7th place finish among the eight competing teams.

John Pechan had the best performance for the Vikings with an 85 to finish tied for 20th. Zach Joseph and Jon Mays both shot 88 and that tied them for 26th. Rounding out the Vikings squad was Nathan Fearing who shot a 93, good for 33rd.

Pechan acknowledges that the poor weather conditions affected his game. “I have not seen windy conditions like this on the season. Being from the West Coast, I have hardly ever seen winds like I did this weekend.” However, he didn’t allow that to be an excuse. “Overall, I hit the ball very poorly and putted awful.”

Mays notes that the weather has also impacted the team’s practice schedule. “The main effect that the weather has had on us has been the inability to practice. It has really affected us, especially our short games. Chipping and putting need to be worked on the most.”

Next on schedule is the Lawrence Spring Invitational Sunday at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Hortonville — if the weather holds up, of course.