Men’s golf competes in Lindenwood Invitational

Men’s golf competes in Lindenwood Invitational

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Connor O'Neill, senior, competes last season in a tournament at Cardinal Hill Golf Course. The team competed on April 6 in the Lindenwood Invitational. Photo courtesy of Kyle Rivas.

The William Jewell College men’s golf team competed this past weekend for the first time in a month, and the team finished seventh out of nine teams competing.

“The team played well, but we left some strokes out there, especially on the putting greens. Our swings are looking good, and we are definitely headed in the right direction for conference in two weeks. There were nine teams competing, all of which played at a high level. It was good competition,” Grant Janssen, senior, said.

The team expressed that they are ready to return to the green.

“It was great to get back out there after a month off. This spring has been tricky for scheduling tournaments, so it felt good to get that competitive feel of a tournament back,” said Janssen.

Despite a somewhat lackluster showing this past weekend, Janssen has faith in the team as they move forward, especially concerning conference play.

“In regards to conference, I 100 percent think we have the talent to win conference and move on, we have a solid group of guys who can all get it done. If we put in the appropriate mental and physical preparation, we will win conference,” Janssen said.

The biggest factor in the team’s success moving forward will be the core of senior players and experienced players.

“Team captains Connor O’Neill  and Derek Peterson have provided great leadership in promoting team unity throughout. Mitch Jacobi and Sean Cleary bring great experience, and Sean even helped me with some swing changes over winter break. This core group of guys is awesome; they will surely be missed next year,” said Janssen.

Overall, the team hopes to ultimately win conference this season so that the seniors can achieve greatness one last time.

The golf team will compete next at the University of Indianapolis Saturday, Apr. 11. 

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