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May 7, 2014

Detroit’s women’s golf rallies to win Horizon League

Men’s team finishes runner-up

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Pictured from the University of Detroit Mercy women’s golf team are, from left, head coach Terri Anthony-Ryan, junior Jessica Mallender, freshman Sarah Thompson, senior Lindsey Lammers, senior Christina Thorne and junior Olivia Richards. The Titans won the Horizon League Championship for the second consecutive season.

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.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.