Lisenbee wins first college golf tournament at UMC Invitational

Men's Golf Sports

Western’s own Aaron Lisenbee finished first at the UMC Fall Central Region Invitational Golf Tournament last Tuesday.

Lisenbee shot a 71 the first day, followed by a 72 the second, giving him the lead and his first ever college tournament victory.  Lisenbee’s career thus far has been Phil Mickelson like, always finishing near the top, but until now he never finished with a victory.

“It feels really good,” Lisenbee said. “Hopefully I can win a couple more.”

Lisenbee’s victory not only was a personal success, but also helped Missouri Western finish in a second place tie at a tournament in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Western finished with a two day total of 594 (296-298).  The University of Manitoba tied the Griffs for runner-up while Winona State won the tourney.

Western had four other golfers in the tournament as well.  Shane Feist got his first top ten finish at the tournament by shooting a 147 (73-74).  Caleb Carter shot a 150, Craig Lytle shot a 154 and Daniel Crawford shot a 156.

Lisenbee is one of the most respected golfers in the area.  He has always finished near the top, with numerous second and third place finishes.  Lisenbee was named to the All-MIAA team in 2004-2005 and 2006-2007, and looks to get more honors this year.

“We can always count on Aaron to come through for us,” Western Coach Jim Perry said.
The Griffons are looking to build off the recent success. It seems that the talent is there and all that is missing is a little more consistency. 

Aaron Lisenbee is now in his senior season and is the leader of the team as they make a run for the national playoffs. Shane Feist believes Lisenbee’s play makes them better.

“He leads by his play,” Feist said. “He pushes the rest of us, making us want to play better.”
The Griffons will be back in action this week at the Drury Invitational in Springfield, Mo.

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