LU Golf team swings shut successful fall season

Andy York

The Lawrence University Golf team recently finished a successful fall season that built on their success in the spring last year. The Vikings competed in five tournaments this fall and won three of them. The Vikings won the Wisconsin Lutheran College Invitational, Marian College Classic, and the Clarke College Oktoberfest Tournament. The Vikings were led once again by last year’s Midwest Conference Champion, Jeff Henderson. Henderson won two tournaments, took third place in one and fourth in another. Henderson in eight rounds this fall averaged just over 75 strokes per round.

Henderson wasn’t the only one producing for the Vikings. LU brought in a great freshman class, and many of them showed off their talents this fall. Joe Loehnis, Andy Link, Markus Specks, Jon Rhoda, and Matt Orth, whose brother Travis Orth is also a golfer for the Vikings, all have played well this fall and will compete with the rest of the returning players for the other three spots on the tournament rosters in the spring.

With the return of Henderson and the arrival of the freshman class, the Vikings should easily be the favorite to repeat as Northern Division Champions in the MWC. Then this group will have to see if they can claim the elusive Conference Tournament Championship, which they narrowly missed last season. The Vikings have not won the MWC Tournament since 1949, but this season the monkey may finally be off their backs.