Griffon golf wrapped up their successful fall season and headed into the off-season looking to build upon their solid foundation.
The women’s golf team finished all five tournaments in the top 10 including two top five finishes, with their highest place being second in their last match.
Their high level of play has excited head coach Greg Dillon for the coming spring season.
“We’re attaining some levels that we’ve never attained before,” said Dillon. “We’re finally getting closer and closer to where we might be able to compete with the Central Oks [Oklahoma] and Northeasterns for a conference championship. We’re just right behind them right now.”
Freshman sensation Shi Qing Ong has already made an impact on the team. In her first five tournaments as a Griffon she has finished in the top 10 three times with two fourth place finishes and an eighth place finish. She has also placed in the top 15 twice with two 13th place finishes.
Her consistent play has given Ong a position in the top 100 NCAA division II women golfers in the nation.
Ong’s high level of play has even surprised Dillon.
“We knew Shi Qing was going to be good, but we didn’t realize she was going to be this good,” Dillon said. “As a freshman, there’s no telling how far this kid can go.”
Right behind Ong is sophomore Celine Lim who also put together a solid fall year.
Lim compiled four top 20 finishes with two of those in the top 10 at ninth and third.
“She’s just outside of the 100 [national ranking] and she’s just a sophomore, so it’s fun to watch.” Dillon said.
The men’s golf team stung together their own solid fall season with two top 10 finishes, at fifth and sixth, as well as three top 15 finishes.
Griffon top golfer Ryan Hand had three top 15 finishes including a fourth place finish at the MWSU Holiday Inn Express Classic. Golfers Corey Knight and Jakob Rudosky, whose best finishes were fourth and 27th respectively, round out Western’s top three this season.
Dillon believes that the men need to play at their best at the same time in order for them to be more consistent.
“What we’re hoping for in the spring with those three kids is to get them all playing well all at the same time, instead of each individually and they’re extremely close to attaining that,” Dillon said.
Also, in the off-season, Dillon plans to find the most important piece for each team to be successful in the spring.
“We just have to get the top three [players], that’s the whole key, getting those top three.” Dillon said.
Western will have the opportunity to test their best top three from both teams when they begin their spring season.