Productive spring season in the works for Griffons

By Gregor Avey

February 20, 2007

The men’s and women’s golf teams are ready for it to warm up. Both teams are anxious to get out to the course and start their spring seasons. The men’s team did fairly well in the fall. They currently are sitting in second place in the MIAA conference standings. Coach Jim Perry feels that winning the conference will be a key for a successful season. “We’re the defending conference champions so winning that is the main goal of ours,” Perry said. Right now the men have 12 points and trail first-place Washburn by four points. Catching them will be a tough task. They have a strong team this year. The Western women played in three tournaments in the fall. They didn’t fair as well as they would have liked, but they have a young team with one senior on the team, Lisa Cross. The rest of the team consists of three freshmen and a sophomore.

Lisa Cross

The women are led by coach Randy McGohan, who is in his fourth season as the women’s golf coach. The young team is learning as they go. They have a talented core of young players that can stay and build up the program over the next few years. The men have nine people on their team. Perry believes two juniors are his team leaders. “Aaron Lisenbee and Craig Lytle are our team leaders,” Perry said. “They always score the best.” After losing Brice Garnett, there had to be someone to fill the role of top player. Lisenbee and Lytle are making that transition a little easier for the team to handle. Although they are missing the numbers he put up, Lisenbee and Lytle are filling the hole left by Garnett’s departure. The other main contributors on the team are Daniel Cordray, Shane Feist, Caleb Carter and Mitch Girres. These six make up the nucleus that is fighting for a conference title. Last year marked only the second time the Griffons won the league title. Going back to back would be a huge step for the program. The Griffons will need strong finishes in all the league tournaments to remain in contention. The biggest tournament left as far as league play goes, is the MIAA tournament, which will be held in Branson, Missouri at the Branson Creek Country Club on April 23 and 24. Both the men’s and woman’s teams will look to have productive spring seasons. Both are looking for successful years and strong finishes.