The WVU Club Golf Team won the National Collegiate Golf Club Association (NCCGA) national invitational earlier this month in Las Vegas.
With teamwork, state pride and lots of practice, the team was able to combine their skills and bring home the first place win. WVU Club Golf President Jack Wiedebusch said that all the teammates' individual contributions were key in winning the tournament.
“The tournament was the weekend after Thanksgiving break, so everyone practiced on their own at home,” Wiedebusch said. “We all wanted to compete and represent the state the best we could, so there was more motivation than normal for sure.”
He mentioned that the team’s performance on the second day of the tournament was not only the best they have done all semester but in the club’s history, with top five scores all in the 70s.
Wiedebusch credits two players — Jack Lindgren and Anthony Ciconte — for their stellar performance. Lindgren got second overall in the competition, scoring a 74 and 75. Ciconte scored 6th overall, earning scores of 76 and 74.
“Jack has been a great addition to the team joining us last year and watching him golf is very entertaining, and Anthony has tons of potential as a freshman,” Wiedebusch said.
Wiedebusch also thanks club officers Jack Lindgren, Levi Watson and Ryan Stas for their help in preparing for the tournament.
In the Spring, the team will compete in three regional tournaments, ending the season with a national event at the end of the semester.
“We look forward to defending our title and [competing] at an even higher level,” Wiedebusch said.
Wiedebusch says that he is most proud of the team's ability to represent West Virginia, and feels that the players of all levels have lots of talent.
“I would like to say thank you to all the supporters that followed us throughout the year and we look forward to the spring season,” he said.