Golf underperforms at Louisville

Junior William Meyers had the best round for a Lion on the second day of Louisville Cardinal Challenge with an even-par 72. He placed 23rd in the tournament behind the 18th placed junior Joris Etlin. Etlin finished at 5-over 221.  
Courtesy of Dr. Amber Narro

The Lions golf team finished the Louisville Cardinal Challenge at the University of Louisville Golf Club in 12th place. 

According to Head Coach Jake Narro, the team underperformed in the tournament where they came in behind in-state rivals University of Louisiana at Lafayette and University of Louisiana at Monroe. 

“Well, the performance was not exactly what we wanted,” said Narro. “That’s for sure but conditions were a little tough, and we just did not handle it very well. The team and I are really disappointed, but we can’t wait for our next event this coming weekend.”

Narro commended the event but was not pleased with the team’s performance.

“It was a great event,” said Narro. “University of Louisville put on a great event for us, and we had a great time. We’re just a little disappointed that we didn’t play a little better.”  

The team was playing on a different course than they are used to, but Narro believes that is not an excuse for team’s performance.  

“It wasn’t so much the adjustments during the course,” said Narro. “We just were not on our game.”

Juniors Joris Etlin and William Meyers were the top two performers for the Lions. The pair, called as the 1A and 1B players on the team by Narro, led the Lions at the tournament. Etlin finished the tournament with his second top 20 performance in the 2017-18 season. 

Narro believes his senior players did well but still could have performed better.  

“They did good,” said Narro. “They both wished they would have done a little bit better, but overall, they did OK. No one in the team was satisfied with how we did. A little bit of a good here and there but not enough of it to make it a good performance.” 

Etlin earned the 18th spot at 5-over 221. Meyers finished with the best round of the day for the Lions resulting in 6-over 222 performance placing him 23rd. Freshman Kristofer Kerr placed 59th at 16-over 232 while freshman Logan Kuehn (75th, 24-over 240) and junior Bailey Smith (T76, 25-over 241) completed the performance of the roster during the tournament.

Narro shares how the team could improve from here on. 

“Practice, practice, practice,” said Narro. “We need to practice our entire game. Our driving, our chipping and putting.” 

The team will now travel to Louisiana State University to play in the David Toms Intercollegiate on Saturday, Oct. 7.