Senior David Olexson hits a ball at the Saucon Valley Country Club. The men's golf team is currently preparing for its new season, with the first tournament in Jupiter, Florida, from March 16-17. (Courtesy of Lehigh Athletics)

Lehigh golf teams begin spring season next week


Lehigh men’s golf

The Lehigh men’s golf team will kick off its spring season with a trip to Jupiter, Florida, for the Manhattan Spring Break Tournament on March 16-17. The team is coming off a solid fall season, highlighted by a second-place finish at the Lehigh Invitational.

The Mountain Hawks were picked to finish seventh out of eight competing schools in the Patriot League preseason poll, but the team worked hard in the offseason and hopes to prove some people wrong.

“Our main aspiration is to win the Patriot League Championship,” senior captain David Olexson said. “I believe we will hold true to our set goals because, as a team, we have put in a great deal of time perfecting our physical and mental game. This offseason was the most dedication I have seen by our program in the four years I have been a part of it.”

Lehigh will rely on captains Olexson and sophomore William Johns to lead the way this season. The Mountain Hawks brought in a freshman class of five players, the largest class they’ve seen in awhile. This freshmen group will look to contribute to the team immediately.

Freshman Jonathan Hsu showed promise this fall with a 13th place finish at the Colgate Invitational.

The Mountain Hawks will compete in four events leading up to the Patriot League Championship. Each tournament will be important to achieving its goals, but the team will especially anticipate the La Salle’s Finegan Invitational on April 17-18, the final event right before the championships.

“La Salle’s tournament will be the strongest field competitive wise and will be our last event to get us into that winning mindset we want to have,” Olexson said.

Lehigh women’s golf

The Lehigh’s women’s golf team has been picked to finish third out six teams in the Patriot League’s preseason poll, behind defending champion Boston University and University of Richmond.

Freshman Aileen Jeong led the way for the Mountain Hawks in the fall. Jeong had three top-15 finishes in the fall, highlighted by her eighth-place finish at the Bucknell Invitational with a score of 231 (81-76-74). Feierberg will be relied on to show the way for the underclassman, which makes up more than half the team.

The team begins its spring season when it heads to Daytona Beach, Florida, for the Lady Eaglecat Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. The team is coming off a successful fall season, highlighted by a second place finish at the Lehigh Invitational.

Lehigh nearly edged out Boston University for the championship last season, and will use that as motivation this time around.

“We came incredibly close last year,” senior Nicole Feierberg said. “That has made us even more determined to win this year. We have a very young team with a ton of potential and we know that we have a great chance this year.”

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