Golf Stumbles, Hogenmiller remains steady

Kim DeRaedt

While the Lions performance at the Northeastern State Invitational wasn’t exactly something to write home about, the same cannot be said about Andy Hogenmiller’s scores thus far.

The team had to settle for ninth place in the 16 team field after having placed third in its previous two outings.

A substandard third round saw the Lions fall behind conference foes Washburn and Central Missouri, while Abilene Christian snared the title as they finished one stroke in front of Central Oklahoma.

Even though the Lions have struggled to find consistency, freshman Andy Hogenmiller has posted stellar results all along. Capturing second and third place at Pittsburg State and Missouri Intercollegiate respectively, Hogenmiller occupied the 15th slot at the Northeastern State Invitational.

“Overall, I guess I was pleased with my performance,” Hogenmiller said. “It was a tough course.”

Tough wouldn’t seem to describe Hogenmiller’s encounters as the freshman has experienced immediate success at the collegiate level however, he admits that it is an entirely different game compared to high school.

“Every shot, every tournament is important. There’s no relaxing,” Hogenmiller said. “You have to always stay focused.”

That focus will be crucial to the Lions as they look to establish themselves as serious contenders down the final stretch of the season.

“The key to our success will be finding that consistency from top to bottom,” Hogenmiller said. “The number one guy has to pull through, and the fifth player has to post a good score as well.”

With the plethora of talent that the Lions possess, this shouldn’t be a strenuous task.

“I feel that we underperformed at the Northeastern State Invitational,” Hogenmiller said. “We definitely could’ve done better.”

The team’s determination to refuse to settle for mediocrity will surely spur them to further accomplishments.

“We all get along well, and we’re all pulling for each other,” Hogenmiller said.

The Lions will tee off next at the Southwest Baptist Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.