by Jocelyn Moses
Golf is unlike most sports offered at the University of Northwestern. Many of the other sports have a specified seasons of competition and off seasons for training; however, the men’s and women’s golf team competes during their main fall season, yet still trains and competes during their off season.
So far during their off season this spring both the men and women have competed in two competitions. Their most resent meet was against Martin Luther College. The men beat Martin Luther for the second time this spring. Much of their success that day was due to the success of freshman Caleb Johnson who finished with a career best of 70, which was nine strokes ahead of the next best golfer. Johnson bettered his score by four strokes that day and now has recorded UNW’s top two cards overall.
On the women’s side, the ladies dominated the event against Martin Luther College with three of the four golfers scoring in the mid 90s and taking the top three spots. The lady Eagles were led by junior Naomi Black with a score of 94 and earning her first place. Black was followed by her teammates who all scored high enough to rank in the top five of the competition. When asked about her experience with golf overall, Mundahl stated, “Being on the golf team has been a great blessing for me. Everyone gets along super well and we encourage each other when we have a bad shot or a hard day at a tournament. We only have two tournaments for spring season in order to help send Superior to Nationals. Everyone shot very well at our match again MLC, so we were really happy about that.”
Although the team is in the off season, their effort and love for the sport has not diminished, but increased. Junior Jaylen Heinz stated, “Northwestern golf is a place where I am continually challenged to get better personally as a golfer, but more importantly in my relationship with my teammates and ultimately God”.
Although they are scored separately at competitions the teams have loved getting closer and having one another to grow with. As stated by Seth Johnson, “Most say golf is an individual sport, but here at UNW it is the exact opposite. The way the team encourages and supports one another is the exact opposite of individual.”
The team was happy with their successes this past fall, excited about competing in the offseason, but looking forward to their upcoming season again in the fall despite saying goodbye to some of their key seniors. As said by senior Brian Horner, “The golf team ranges from a football player with a ponytail, to a croc out of water, but when we’re together I could not have asked for a better squad.”