Detroit’s women’s golf rallies to win Horizon League
Men’s team finishes runner-up
By Mark Vest
Posted May 7, 2014
DETROIT — The men’s and women’s golf teams from the University of Detroit Mercy had strong showings at the Horizon League Championship, which took place April 25-27 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
The women’s team came away as the Horizon League champions, with the men’s squad finishing as runner-up.
Detroit’s women’s team went into the final round trailing Oakland University by eight shots, but after four players posted scores in the 70s, the Titans were able to complete a comeback, winning the championship by seven strokes after finishing with a score of 943.
Oakland finished as the runner-up.
It is Detroit’s second consecutive Horizon League title and the third since 2010. The victory qualified the Titans for the NCAA Regional Championships.
“This is really special,” said Detroit head coach Terri Anthony-Ryan. “Last year’s was special because of the closeness and how the whole year went. This year was like ‘wow.’ I said to somebody, ‘You always look at different things in your life, and you have a top-10 list.’ This definitely would be in my top 10 of experiences.”
Detroit’s Lindsey Lammers, the two-time Horizon League Player of the Year, also came away as a medalist for the second time in her collegiate career after shooting 228 (76, 77, 75).
Senior Christina Thorne was selected to the All-Tournament team after finishing third with a score of 233 (79, 76, 78).
Oakland’s Danielle Crilley and Donna Fiscelli were also All-Tournament selections.
Detroit is scheduled to play in the West Regional May 8-10 in Cle Elum, Washington.
The Titans’ men’s team finished three shots back of Cleveland State in its pursuit of a Horizon League title, finishing with a score of 895.
Detroit senior Brendan Leonard and freshman Spencer Lendzion (Rochester Hills Stoney Creek High School) were selected All-Tournament, with Leonard finishing as the runner-up with a score of 220 (76, 74, 70), and Lendzion taking third after finishing at 221 (71, 74, 76).
Leonard’s second-place finish was the best by a Titan since David Byrne was a medalist in 2007. His average of 75.13 for his collegiate career is the fourth best in school history.
Oakland’s Evan Bowser finished in fourth place, earning an All-Tournament selection.
As a team, the Golden Grizzlies finished in seventh place.
In other local collegiate news:
The Wayne State University men’s tennis team, which competes at the NCAA Division II level, won a third-place match against Ferris State University at the GLIAC tournament, which took place April 27 at the Midland Community Tennis Center, in Midand, Michigan.
The Warriors shut out Ferris State 5-0.
Wayne State was scheduled to play Southern Indiana the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament May 3 at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.
About the author
Mark Vest is on the sports beat at C&G Newspapers. He covers high school sports for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle and Grosse Pointe Times. In the past couple years or so, he has also began to cover collegiate sports for schools such as the University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Vest has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2011 and attended Oakland University and Oakland Community College.
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