"We have our top two
golfers from last year returning, and this looks like it should be
the best team we have had depthwise since I have been here," said
The Lynx coach
continued: "Sarah Morine finished last season in the top 75 in the
national tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. She averaged 92 in her
games last season, and I expect she will improve on that this
season. Amber Wright just missed qualifying for the national by one
stroke last season, and I know she is going to be working hard to
reach the nationals this season."
Wright is one of
three local girls on the Lynx golf team this season. Joining the
Lincoln High School graduate will be freshman Stacy Weaver of
Warrensburg-Latham High School and Lindsey Horath, a graduate of
Lincoln High School.
Other members of the
Lincoln College team include Carlie Facker of Eureka High School,
Ashley Specht of Geneseo High School and Holly Porter of
Prophetstown High School. Porter joins Morine, a Bryon High School
grad, and Wright as sophomores on the squad.
"Weaver played for
the Maroa-Forsythe High School team last season in a co-op
arrangement with Warrensburg-Latham, and the squad finished second
in the state," said Whiteman. "She shot a final round of 83 to help
the team place second. Facker has been hitting the ball off the tee
extremely well thus far, and she has been pretty steady in the early
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"Those four girls
look to be our top golfers, but we should get a lot of help from
Horath and Specht. Five girls are permitted to play in each match,
so these two are vying for that final spot. The top four scores in
each tournament count toward the team total. Specht had an injury
last season, and she is still recovering from that at this time.
"Porter had a
shoulder problem last year and she has shown a lot of improvement,
and we are hoping she can become a contributor this season.
"On paper this is by
far the best team I have had in my four years as coach. Now we just
have to go out and prove it on the course," concluded Whiteman.
Lincoln College plays
a lot of four-year schools on their schedule, and only three compete
in the regional tourney. Joining Lincoln College in the regional
will be John A. Logan and Rend Lake. John A. Logan has won the team
title the past two years. The top team qualifies for the national
tournament, and the top five individuals who are not on the winning team
also qualify for the nationals.
"We are scheduled to play at the Sunset
Hills golf course in Edwardsville for our second match of the
season, and that will be a real challenge, as the course is the
toughest we will play during the season. Many of the schools in the
tourney will be four-year colleges," said Whiteman.
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