By Roderick M. Wilbon, Sports Editor
The University of Missouri-St. Louis Men’s and Women’s Golf team were on fire as they wrapped up the regular season. In the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament both teams played well. All of this although both teams started off rough coming into the spring part of the season. The men won their first title the Greyhound Invitational April 10, with an 868 on 54-holes. While the women won its own UMSL spring Invitational April 9, with a 609. It was the seniors that are keeping these teams on track and leading the way. Yet, some of the hotshot young talent is on the rise and showing out.
Alexa Capesius, senior, business administration, for the women’s golf team is the fifth leading scorer in the team’s history. She’s a seasoned veteran of the game of golf, and is very aware and capable with her role as a senior. As a leader on the team her job has been a lot easier than most. When you’re on a team with two young wonderful teammates in Maxi Roth, junior, international business and Emma Thorngren, sophomore, mathematics, there is not a lot you have to do. “I want to set a good example and keep the team cohesive,” said Capesius. “Me being a senior I want to leave the team in a good position for next year.”
“You know we had some injuries and a case of the illness bug with the ladies,” said Head Coach Troy Halterman. “The weather hasn’t helped at all either as far as getting some golf in at home.” Halterman went on to say, “We’re getting better and we just have to peak at the right time.”
The men had some of the same issues starting slowly this spring and with the weather hindering all outside action in Saint Louis. While they haven’t played as well as the ladies they continued to put up good overall scores. In the beginning of the season Halterman leaned on Markus Lindberg, senior, international business. He is the well decorated, last season’s GLVC Golfer of the Year, superstar of the team. Coming into this season he is the career scoring leader of the program, but we haven’t seen a ton of his heroics once the spring came around.
Lindberg is more of a Kobe type athlete in this stage of his career. As a leader he’s more about leading by example. Not very vocal, but watch me work and take notes. Dealing with some of this leadership role has taken a few notches off his great play. It has been quite the learning curve for Lindberg. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a leader and have success like my junior year,” said Lindberg. “By doing that it really took me off my game and I wasn’t doing everything I needed to on an individual level.” Lindberg went on to say, “Now, I know how to handle this role and the younger guys are really coming along.” “It has allowed me to just play my game more and do what I need to prepare.”
Both golf teams have qualified for National Collegiate Athletic Association Division Two Championship play in the coming weeks. The men are ranked third in the Midwest, which includes four more GLVC teams. They will travel and play at Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio. Currently the ladies are ranked third in the East Region, while the NCAA official entry ranking has not been announced yet.