DETROIT — Will it be a three-peat for the women or another championship to put on the mantle for the men as the University of Detroit Mercy heads down south to play in the Horizon League Championships this weekend.
The event will once again return to the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida, from April 24-26. Each day will consist of 18 holes as the men compete on the Par 72, 6,770-yard El Campeon Course with the women on the Par 73, 5,817-yard Las Colinas Course.
There will be live scoring of both championships available on Golfstat and each round will begin with set tee times starting at 7:30 a.m.
The women have won back-to-back titles and three championships in the last five years, with the other two occasions taking runner-up. The team was also second in 2007 and claimed third in 2008. Detroit also owns the Horizon League record for the lowest 54-hole total (920 in 2013) and lowest 18-hole score (300 in the first round of 2010).
Two Titans have recorded medalists honors at the championship as Alainna Stefan won it all with a 226 in 2010, while assistant coach Lindsey Lammers ’14 was a two-time winner earning the titles in 2012 and 2014.
Detroit comes into the weekend fourth in the HL in team scoring at 323.94. Sophomore Sarah Thompson and senior Olivia Richards are in the top eight in the league in scoring average. Thompson is fifth in the conference with a career-low 78.6, which includes seven top-20 efforts and three top-10 finishes. Richards is eighth with a 79.6 – just a few shots off her career best of 79.3 – and that is with six top-20 performances and three tournaments in the top 10.
The men have won the most championships in Horizon League history with seven, which includes six titles since 1999. Detroit has placed third or better 12 times in the last 16 years with the six championships and four runner-up efforts. Last season, Detroit made a strong push at a win firing back-to-back 296’s, but just fell short to Cleveland State by three strokes with an 895.
The Titans have had two individual medalists in their history with Jason Hartman winning in 1999 and David Byrne in 2010. Sophomore Spencer Lendzion is the team’s top returner from last season earning All-Tournament by taking third with a 221.
Detroit averaged a 298.2 on the year for sixth in the conference, but only four strokes separate the Titans from league-leading Wright State’s 294.5. UDM also has two golfers in the top 11 in the league in scoring average as sophomore Kyle Gaines is 10th at 74.06 and junior Wil Wittmann is right behind him with a 74.2.
Gaines has four top-10 finishes on the season and tied for ninth at the event last year, while Wittmann has five top-20 efforts and also shared ninth at the championships last year.