Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lions End Year 4th at Regional Roth Is Lindenwood's Top Player for Season

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lions End Year 4th at Regional Roth Is Lindenwood's Top Player for Season

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The golf season at Lindenwood College wrapped up earlier this week.

The Lions finished fourth at the NAIA Midwest Regional Southern Division Tournament at Innsbrook Estates Resort in Wright City. McKendree (Ill.) College won the two-day event with a score of 635, advancing to the NAIA National Tournament.

Columbia (638), Kansas Newman (641), Lindenwood (677), Baker (677), Missouri Baptist (690) and Culver-Stockton (704) were the other teams involved.

"Monday wasn't a very good day to play golf, but we made it through," Lindenwood coach Art Siebels said. "The weather was a lot better Tuesday and the scores reflected that."

Senior Andy Roth was Lindenwood's top golfer this season. In the regional, he shot 83 Monday and 77 Tuesday for a two-day total of 160. McKendree's Kyle Kingsbury won medalist honors, finishing with a 152.

"Andy was our top scorer all season," Siebels said. "As one of our returning players, we expected a lot of him and he came through for us. He was a very consistent player."

Other top players for Lindenwood this season were freshman Patrick Schloss, freshman Adam Dannegger (St. Charles West), sophomore Mark Cofelt, senior Roger Holdenreid and junior Jeff Turnbeaugh (St. Charles West).

"The thing about this team is that we seemed to improve steadily throughout the season," Siebels said. "On all but two of our 11 matches, we shot our best score of the season. And that's what you like to see, especially with such a young team.

"Our conference and our regional were very competitive this season. But with the experience our guys have gained, I'd expect us to be right up there next year."

The women's program at Lindenwood ran into some typical first-year scheduling problems.

"There just aren't that many schools with full women's teams, so we didn't have many matches," Siebels said. "But we got the program started and hopefully more schools will add women's golf in the future. …

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