William Penn University’s golf programs are peaking at the right time, boasting three wins and three runner-up finishes. Both men’s and women’s teams are competing for titles week in and week out and with conference in sight, both are looking for championships.
Penn’s women’s golf team came into the season with high expectations, and so far they have not let anyone down. The team has collected one tournament title so far this year as it continued its dominance from last year with a win in its opening tournament, Head Coach Nik Rule was pleased with how the ladies started the year, and as the schedule got tougher, the team picked up its play.
William Penn traveled to the William Woods Invitational where it placed second, only losing to the no. 6 team in the nation in William Woods. The statesmen then notched another runner up bid at the TPC Deere Run Invitational only falling behind no. 11 Bellevue University.
The team’s early season success did not surprise Rule, “ I knew we had one of the deepest teams in the country.” Penn’s JV team has proved Rule right, as it owns the 35th best scoring average in the country. Rule also added that the ladies knew of the expectations that everyone had for them, and that they also had for themselves, but they were just taking everything one day at a time, and always working to get back to the national tournament.
Alex Eckenrod, a senior elementary education major, believes the team has been so successful because of their dedication. “I think we have been successful because of how much work we put in during practice and our own time,” said Eckenrod.
Rule is confident William Penn’s success will continue. He said that he’s bringing in a recruiting class next year that he really feels can contribute, and he is confident the returning players will continue to get better.
William Penn will look to defend its Midwest Collegiate Conference title and earn a trip back to nationals on April 28.
The women’s golf team is not the only team having success as the men’s golf team has collected a pair of tournament titles. The Statesmen continued their success from the fall and have continued to turn heads as they keep delivering impressive rounds.
The men opened the season, like the women, with a tournament title at the Iowa Intercollegiate Championship. The team notched its second tournament title and the Iowa Wesleyan Classic where it blew the field away winning by 14 shots.
Frederik Lundsgaard, a freshman history major, believes the teams success comes from being so competitive, “I think part of our success is the depth of our roster, we are very deep and competitive and that helps us play some good golf.”
The varsity is not the only team winning tournament titles as the men’s jv team has one tournament championship at the Central Shootout, as well as a runner-up finish in the Iowa Wesleyan Classic.
Head coach Steve Tucker also believes the team’s success has to do with the depth he has brought in, along with hard work and perseverance. “ We have a tremendous amount of depth on our team which keeps us from getting complacent in practice. The guys know if they don’t bring their A game everyday, they will lose their spot.” Tucker said.
The men’s golf team will head to conference on April 28, and they will be looking to make some noise. “If we go out and compete like we have all year, then we have a chance. We have worked all year and we are seeing the success, the next step is to get ourselves in contention at conference, and I believe we will,” said Tucker.