Lynn University Golf Finishes the Season Strong

By Daniel Josephberg, Staff Writer

The Lynn University Fighting Knights have seen recent success from multiple athletic programs this past season, with the Men’s and Women’s Golf teams rightfully earning a spot on the list in impressive fashion.

The men’s golf team at Lynn, along with the other students, faculty and those remaining are associated with the school were in for a treat this past Wednesday after Jose Ramirez hailing from Medllin, Colombia placed 25th at the NCAA Championship held at Avalon Lakes Golf located in Warren, Ohio.

The championship play took place over 3 days between May 22nd to May 24th and consisted of the best golfers from Division II wanting to prove their capable and Ramirez was on that list scoring a 37 on the front nine along with the back nine as well resulting in a final score of 74 for the third and final round of this completive and prestigious tournament. He also finished strong as far as individual standings with a 4th place to conclude. Overall, Ramirez has made a name for Lynn University along with himself at the national level and has a bright senior year ahead of him to show us what is left in the tank.

The Fighting Knights led by Head Coach Keith Larson, the 2023 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year, and Assistant Coach Nadia Luttner have also been a great support system and coaching duo for the young ladies during practice and on the course.

Rankings from the weekly Mizuno WGCA had Lynn ranked #4 in preseason rankings, with the team never staying lower than the #3 ranking for the rest of season, showered with plenty of #1 rankings at the tail end of the regular season. This No. 1 ranked Lynn University women’s golf team closed the third and final day of the 2023 NCAA Division II South Regional with a 12-stroke lead to capture the championship trophy. 

This squad has a roster consisting of players with various backgrounds and grade levels, all focused on the same goal of winning and feed off each other to reach it. “We had a great fall season as our cumulative record was 49-2 over four tournaments,” said Larson. “With that being said, winning tournaments is difficult, and we can only control how hard we work as a team and let the results be a byproduct of our efforts.”

However, the team chemistry along with the performance didn’t come through during the NCAA National Championships when the Fighting Knights fell just short of advancing to the next round, losing to a familiar Dallas Baptist University team who they played earlier in the season and beat.

The 2023-2024 Season will be a must-watch has Lynn has made a strong impression not only on students but the entire Lynn community and the golf world.

Above: Team picture with the Regional Championship trophy after advancing to nationals. Photo/Lynn University Athletics.
Above: Junior Golfer Jose Ramirez strikes a swing at the NCAA Championships. Photo/ Lynn University Athletics.

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