Women's spring preview: Horizon League
During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Check out all of the previews here.
Today, we look at the Horizon League.
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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Top of the class: Detroit
• Player to watch: Lindsey Lammers, Detroit. The first Detroit Titans player to ever be named the Horizon League player of the year, Lammers picked up where she left off. This fall, she finished inside the top-10 in all four events. She averaged 75.89 in those four tournaments.
• Freshman to watch: Julia Montgomery, Oakland. The Utica, Mich., native played in all four tournaments this fall and finished inside the top-25 in two of them. Montgomery held the second lowest scoring average on the team after the fall season.
• Conference championship: April 25-27, Mission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
• Past champions (since 2009): Detroit (2013), Butler, (2011-12), Detroit (2010), Butler (2009)
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(Golfweek/Sagarin rank in parentheses)
- Detroit (No. 187): Before winning the Dayton Invitational in the team’s last tournament of the fall, the Titans finished third at the Chicago State Cougar Classic and fourth at the Cleveland State Invitational. The team’s worst finish: sixth, at the Rocket Classic. The Titans have a solid starting lineup, led by senior Lindsey Lammers. Junior Olivia Richards was the team’s second-best player with a 79.61 stroke average. The Titans are looking to win back-to-back Horizon League titles for the first time in school history.
- Oakland (No. 194): The team’s best finish came at the Redbird Invitational – its first tournament of the 2013-14 season. Freshman Julia Montgomery finished as the low player on the team in three of the four tournaments. This will be the Golden Grizzles first year playing in the Horizon League Championship.
- Valparaiso (No. 216): For the second time in program history, the Crusaders won a tournament – the SIUE Double Tree Invitational. This tournament win also was a come-from-behind win. Senior Michelle Kleckner has three top-20 finishes during the fall.
- Youngstown State (No. 223): The team finished third at the Cleveland State Invitational for its best finish of the fall. Junior Aislynn Merling had two top-5 finishes this fall, including a runner-up finish at the Cleveland State Invitational. Merling also has the lowest scoring average of the 78.6. Four other players competed in all five tournaments for the Penguins.
- Cleveland State (No. 231): The Vikings finished fourth at the Chicago State Cougar Classic and placed sixth at their home tournament – the Cleveland State Invitational. Senior Michalea Cronin had two top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish at the Chicago State Cougar Classic. The other top-10 of the season came from sophomore Allyson Hackman.
- Green Bay (No. 247): The team finished second at the four-team Green Bay Shootout. Sophomores Katie Pokrandt and Steph Laude were the only two players on the roster that played in all six events. Both players had the two scores of the fall for the Phoenix, 77 and 75, respectively. Pokrandt had two top-10s and Laude had one.
- Illinois-Chicago (No. 249): A sixth-place finish at the Green Bay Invitational was the highlight of the fall season for the Flames. Junior Ryann Gilley had two top-10 finished in consecutive weeks.