The Fall golf season has ended for Olivet Nazarene University’s golf teams. They were competing in tournaments almost as soon as the semester began and had their final meet two weeks ago.
The men’s team had seven meets this semester and competed everywhere from Olivet’s backyard at the Kankakee Elks Country Club to Fort Wayne, Indiana. The women’s team had six meets this season, but their travel schedule also included several trips out of state to Indiana.
“Our season was busy,” junior Matt Winkelmann said. “Our tournament schedule caused us to miss a couple days of classes, from August to mid-October. Playing college golf is typically stressful on completing school work on time. And because of that, some of us on the team were relieved to have the opportunity to raise our grades, now that the fall season has finished.”
Competition was tough for the Tigers this semester as well, but they had some strong performances. The highest that the men finished overall on a day was second place out of seven teams on the first day of the Cougar Fall Invitational at St. Francis University (Ind.) The women’s best finish was third out of seven teams at Olivet’s Fall Invite.
“Honestly, the season went pretty well,” junior Jessica Ackman said. “We know what we have to work on, and we will always come back stronger in the spring. I think that’s what we’re all clinging on to, so we can make it to nationals, which is our goal.”