Lebanon, IL – The men’s golf team traveled down to McKendree University in Lebanon, IL for a dual match on Saturday, October 24 and were defeated by the Bearcats 319-331. Under overcast skies and 10-15mph winds, the Lynx didn’t have anyone break 80 on the short but tricky The Hills Golf Course – Par 72. The Lynx were led by Freshman Hunter Bettis (Bluffs, IL). Bettis started his day 4-over-par after 2 holes, but continued to grind his way through to post an 8-over par 80. Bettis was followed up by a consistent 40-41-81 by fellow Freshman Hunter Leach (Glasford, IL). Other Lynx scores were as follows: Freshman Peter Greening (Pittsfield, IL) 40-43=83; Freshman Cody Curry (Mason City, IL) 39-48=87; Freshman Nik Jackson (Springfield, IL) 45-42=87; Freshman Josh Matthews (Delavan, IL) 45-43=88; Freshman Peyton Rock (Bluffs, IL) 50-52=102.
The dual match was the Lynx’ final Fall match or tournament of the season. Head coach Jeff Nelson commented, “Overall, our guys got a first-hand look at how college golf differs from high school golf. The courses play much longer and the competition is very stiff. Also, practices are different in that each player’s academic schedule differs from one another so some practices aren’t always with the full squad at one time. The experience these guys got will no doubt help them come next semester. We still need a lot of work around the greens. Chipping and putting are crucial to posting low scores out here. We will address that as soon as possible in the Spring season.”