Olsson leads Viking golf at Saint Andrews course

Ellie Galvin

Last weekend, Sept 15 and16, the Lawrence University men’s golf team participated in a tournament in West Chicago at the Saint Andrews course. The Vikings competed against many teams including traditional rivals St. Norbert, Marian, Carroll and MSOE. Sophomore Anton Ollsson placed second in individuals, ranking 3-over par on the par-71.

Led by Olsson, Lawrence finished with a team score of 319, which gave the Vikings a 6th-place tie. St. Norbert College won the team title with a score of 307. Freshman Rudi Pino tied for 10th for LU at 77, and freshman Michael Vaubel tied for 31st with an 80. Junior Tyler Clark rounded out the scoring with an 88, and junior William Thoren shot a 90.

While most consider golf a tightly regulated sport with specific playing conditions, this was not the case at Saint Andrews. Ollsson and Pino were in the last two groups that competed and had to play holes 17 and 18 in the dark. To help with the situation, the coaches, among others, provided their cell phones as flashlights so the players could locate their golf balls.

Commenting on the trip, one of his first collegiate appearances, Pino stated, “Coach Kalle Larrson wasn’t able to make the trip, so Coach Chris Burns did a phenomenal job driving and getting the team to McDonalds.”

He also noted that “[the trip] was fun!” He stated, “We sang a lot of popular pop singles on the way down to the tournament like the new ‘I’m at a Pay Phone’ song by Maroon 5… and ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen.”

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