Lynx Golf

January 19, 2016
Purple and White: Lincoln golfer White signs with Lincoln College

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Lincoln senior Jack White will resume his golf career at Lincoln College.

October 26, 2015
LC Men’s Golf Finish Up Fall Season at McKendree University

Lebanon, IL – The men’s golf team traveled down to McKendree University in Lebanon, IL for a dual match on Saturday, October 24 and were defeated by the Bearcats 319-331.  Under overcast skies and 10-15mph winds, the Lynx didn’t have anyone break 80 on the short but tricky The Hills Golf Course – Par 72.  The Lynx were led by Freshman Hunter Bettis (Bluffs, IL).  Bettis started his day 4-over-par after 2 holes, but continued to grind his way through to post an 8-over par 80.  Bettis was followed up by a consistent 40-41-81 by fellow Freshman Hunter Leach (Glasford, IL).  Other Lynx scores were as follows:  Freshman Peter Greening (Pittsfield, IL) 40-43=83; Freshman Cody Curry (Mason City, IL) 39-48=87; Freshman Nik Jackson (Springfield, IL) 45-42=87; Freshman Josh Matthews (Delavan, IL) 45-43=88; Freshman Peyton Rock (Bluffs, IL) 50-52=102.

October 19, 2015
Bettis Paces LC Men’s Golf Team with 3rd Place Finish at Fall Preview at Swan Lake Resort Golf Club

Plymouth, IN – The men’s golf team teed it up at Swan Lake Resort Golf Club in Plymouth, IN this past weekend for the NJCAA Fall Preview tournament.  The tournament saw 9 teams compete for what was scheduled for a 54-hole tournament, 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday.  However, frigid morning temperatures and frost on the golf course pushed Saturday’s 9:00am shotgun start back to 10:45am which eliminated the second 18-holes that were scheduled to be played later that day.  Lincoln finished with a team score of 681 (345/336) which placed them 8th overall.  Lincoln’s individual scores, led by a 3rd place finish by Freshman Hunter Bettis (Bluffs, IL), were as follows:

Hunter Bettis                                       74-76  –  150
Hunter Leach (Glasford, IL)               81-90  –  171
Josh Matthews (Delavan, IL)              93-84  –  177
Peter Greening (Pittsfield, IL)             101-86  –  187
Cody Curry (Mason City, IL)               100-90  –  190
Nik Jackson (Springfield, IL)               97-98  –  195

Head men’s golf coach Jeff Nelson said, “The 2016 NJCAA National Golf Tournament will be played at this same course in May.  We wanted to give our guys a chance to play it should our team or individuals advance to the National Tournament.  With the exception of Bettis, the guys didn’t play near their capabilities, but at the very least, the guys were able to make a few notes on each of the holes in case they get a chance to play it again in the Spring.  Bettis had a very good chance to win the event, but had a couple of hiccups including his final hole of the tournament that sent him back in to 3rd place.  He hit 2 balls out of bounds on his final hole and he was a little bitter at the end of his round, but his goal was to get a top-5 finish so all-in-all it was a very good tournament for him.  He had 10 birdies on the weekend, so he’s not afraid to attack the pins.”

The men’s golf team’s final tournament will be this weekend in the Bearcat Open hosted by McKendree University at The Hills Golf Club in Lebanon, IL.  They will tee it up at 10:00am.  McKendree features Lincoln College graduate and National Qualifier Tanner Cicci on their roster.

October 5, 2015
LC Men’s Golf Team Led by Bettis’ T8 at Big Blue Classic

Decatur, IL – The men’s golf team competed in the Big Blue Classic hosted by Millikin University this past weekend at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, IL.  Lincoln freshman Hunter Bettis finished tied for 8th place with a 2-day score of 76-70/146.  Bettis moved up 12 spots with his second day score of even par 70.  The conditions were blustery with sustained winds of 12-15 mph with gusts up to 35 mph but the course was in excellent condition.  Head coach Jeff Nelson commented, “I thought the second day was a bit tougher than the first, but four of our guys improved their scores, which is encouraging.  Bettis continues to be our solid #1 this year but we need a couple of our other players to lower their scores on a more consistent basis.”

The event saw mostly NCAA Division III schools with the exception of Lincoln College and Parkland College.  Parkland College won the event and also had the medalist for the event.

August 31, 2015
LC Men’s Golf Team Opens Season with Solid 8th Place Finish

Freeport, IL – The Lincoln College men’s golf team opened up its season with an 8th place finish out of 13 total teams at the Highland “36” Tournament at Park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, IL over the weekend.  The event was held on the west course at Park Hills and was played as a 36-hole continuous play tournament, playing two 18-hole rounds consecutively on one day.  The day was a test of both physical skill as well as mental focus.

May 4, 2015
LC’s Tanner Cicci Qualifies for NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament with T3 Finish at ISU’s Weibring Golf Club

The Lincoln College men’s golf team finished up it’s spring season at the Region XXIV Tournament held at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University.  The tournament consisted of 36 holes on Sunday, May 3 and concluded with 18 holes on Monday, May 4.  Illinois Central College won the team event with a 54-hole total of 920, just one stroke ahead of Parkland (921) and 3 shots ahead of Rend Lake (923).  Rend Lake held a 7 shot lead after 36 holes, but Illinois Central College fired a final round 305 to win the event.

April 2, 2015
LC Men’s Golf Earn 6th; Led by Cicci’s 78

The men’s golf team recently competed in the 11-team Elmhurst Spring Invite on Monday, March 30th at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol, IL.  The Lynx were led by Sophomore Tanner Cicci (Lincoln, IL) who carded a 6-over par 78 which tied him for 13th overall.  Cicci began his round on the back nine and grinded out a first-nine 42.  Cicci recovered nicely on the front side and finished with an even par 36, including an eagle on the par 5 7th hole.  Other scores for Lincoln College included Reid Cagle (Bartonville, IL) 81, Austin Hellman (Princeton, IL) 82, Jonathon Luce (Strasburg, IL) 83, and Josh Horchem (Lincoln, IL) 87.  Team scores were based on top 4 of 5 scores giving LC an overall score of 324, good enough for 6th place.

September 23, 2014
LC Men’s Golf 6th Overall at IVCC Invite

Results from the IVCC Golf Invitational on September 19-20 at Deer Park Country Club and Seneca’s Oak Ridge Golf Course:

Day 1 – 330
Day 2 – 312
Total – 642

Tanner Cicci – 79-77; 156
Cody Helton – 86-76; 162
Caleb Brouer – 84-80; 164
Reid Cagel – 88-79; 167
John Luce – 81-92; 173
Austin Hellman – 84-80; 164
Josh Horchem – 84-94; 178

Next match September 28 at Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament at Lick Creek in Pekin, IL.

September 12, 2014
LC Men’s Golf Take Fourth / Cicci Earns Another Top 10

Results from Charger Classic in Galesburg, IL at Lake Bracken Country Club:

Tanner Cicci  77
Cody Helton  79
Reid Cagle  79
Caleb Brouer  84
Jonathon Luce  87

Team Total: 317

September 9, 2014
LC’s Cicci Leads Men’s Golf at Rend Lake Invite

Ina, IL – The Lincoln College men’s golf team opened up their Fall Season at the Rend Lake Invitational for a 1-day, 36-hole event at Franklin Country Club on Friday, September 5th.  Tanner Cicci (Lincoln, IL) fired back-to-back 74’s in the scorching heat to finish in the top 10 individually.  John Luce (Strasburg, IL) shot 77-81 while Reid Cagle (Bartonville, IL) and Cody Helton (Bloomington, IL) each fired 80-83 for the Lynx.