Lammers alternates surgery with tournament titles
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Lindsey Lammers’ University of Detroit Mercy career can best be described this way: If she’s not on the injured list, she’s winning.
The junior won the Detroit Titans Fall Classic on Sept. 10 for her fourth title in five starts over an 11-month span. During that period, she also had surgery on both wrists. She’s only been able to practice since Aug. 25, and was limited to 90 balls per day. It says a lot about Lammers, who calls herself a feel player. She bounces back quickly.
Lammers, a business major from Milan, Mich., won twice (Huskie Classic, Dayton Invite) and was runner-up once (Detroit Fall Classic) last fall before her left wrist began hurting in January. She thought it had to do with hitting a lot of balls off a mat, but a doctor later informed her it was a cist that went deep into her wrist, so she had it removed and missed the entire regular season in the spring.
“I kind of rushed back, tried to get back for conference and started playing all the time,” Lammers said.
After three days of practice, Lammers won the Horizon League Championship, what she calls the greatest accomplishment of the entire ordeal. A few weeks later, her right wrist began hurting. She had developed a cist in that one, too.
“I could see it through the skin,” she said.
That surgery left Lammers unable to practice for most of the summer, something no golf fanatic should ever experience. Aside from getting her exercise in the swimming pool, Lammers was reduced to “dreaming about golf all the time.”
Lammers said one reason she was able to come back so quickly is her competitive nature. Her dad Mike is her swing coach.
“I hate losing and I feel like that comes out so much on the course,” she said. “Sometimes I don’t know how I hit the shots I do.”
Last year’s sophomore season stood in stark contrast to her freshman season, when she said she couldn’t really get anything going. She called that year a learning experience, and healthy once again, has set goals of improving her putting and chipping this season.
“Obviously for the fall, I want to keep winning,” she said. “I want to keep doing well for my team.”