2013 Men's Golf Preview
KIngsmen looking to make return trip to NCAAs
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Fresh off their first trip to the NCAA Division III golf championship in six years, the Cal Lutheran men’s golf team is poised to make a return trip in 2013.
The Kingsmen will once again be led by head coach Jeff Lindgren, who is entering his 22nd season at the helm of CLU golf program. Under the guidance of Lindgren, the Cal Lutheran men’s golf team has captured eight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championships and qualified for the NCAA tournament 10 times.
A healthy balance of experienced veterans and talented newcomers has coach Lindgren especially excited about the 2013 team.
“We’ve got a lot of experienced guys coming back and they all worked hard over the summer. I think coupled with the fact that we’ve got strong young guys pushing the top five, we should have a great shot to make it back to the NCAA tournament again.”
Leading the way is junior Mikey McGinn, a 2012 Ping All-West region and First Team All-SCIAC selection. The Springville, Calif. native finished tied for 27th at the NCAA Division III Championship after shooting 12 over par (75-72-73-80). The junior finished ranked 31st in the country with an average score of 74.33. McGinn captured the individual title at the SCIAC No. 4 when he fired a season-low four under 68.
Chad Kimmelshue, a 2012 Second Team All-SCIAC honoree, also returns in 2013. The senior improved his average score by nearly four shots from 2011 to 2012, going from 79 to 75.7. Kimmelshue was the low CLU golfer during the SCIAC No. 1 when he shot a 75. The Chico, Calif. native also had the third best individual score for Cal Lutheran at the NCAA tournament when he carded an 81-73.
Fellow senior Parker Colvin is also back for one final season at Cal Lutheran. The Solvang, Calif. native was second on the team with a scoring average of 75.78 in 2012. Colvin tied for the fourth-lowest score during the second round of the NCAA tournament when he carded a 72.
Junior Derek Field and sophomores Bobby Griffin and Barret McGinnis will all compete for the final two spots in the top five after each saw playing time in 2012.
Alex Hird will lead a list of four newcomers for CLU this season. Coach Lindgren said, “He’s got a lot of talent, he’s consistent and I think he’ll have a chance to play this spring.”
Joining Hird as first-year team members will be freshmen Kelsey Danzeisen, Jesse Rydlach and Luke Wlodarski. Junior Oklar Oo also joins the Kingsmen this season after transferring from the College of the Canyons.
With the addition of Chapman to the SCIAC, the conference golf schedule has been altered. Instead of five one-day tournaments and a conference championship at the end, the 2013 SCIAC schedule features two two-day tournaments followed by a two-round SCIAC Championship Tournament in April.
Cal Lutheran has been selected to host the second SCIAC tournament. The tournament will be held at La Purisima Golf Club in Lompoc, Calif. on April 6-7. Hosting the event is something coach Lindgren feels will give CLU a leg up on the competition.
“We’ve got familiarity with that course. We hosted tournaments there in the past and our kids know the course really well, have confidence there and I’m sure we’ll play really well there.”
Ultimately, coach Lindgren feels the experience of making it to the National Championship in 2012 will pay dividends in 2013.
“I think our kids were a little bit nervous last year and we got off to a rough start. But during the second round we tied for the lowest score of the day so I knew we could compete with those teams.”
“It’s just a matter of putting it all together and I think we have a good shot of doing that this season.”
The Kingsmen get their spring season underway Monday, Feb. 4, when they travel to San Diego, Calif. to take part in the Cal State San Marcos Invitational.