Mike Lee returned home to the White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point and turned the course into his own personal playground.
The Crown Point native and Indiana Northwest men’s golfer shot a new individual school record with 5-under 67 in the first round of the Mike Lalaeff Memorial Invite last Thursday. Lee shot a 71 on Friday and earned medalist honors by 10 shots while the RedHawks finished the tournament in fifth place.
IU Northwest coach Ryan Bishop was thrilled with Lee’s strong performance, but is still looking for depth on his youthful squad.
“A few shots here and there makes the difference at this level and our young guys in the lineup are going to have to learn that,” Bishop said in a statement. “The difference between second and sixth place is a handful of shots and we can’t post the big numbers we had in this tournament to be successful.”
Lee started the tournament with back-to-back birdies and then added three consecutive birdies on the back nine. The junior made the All-tournament team for the second time this season, previously earning those honors in an exhibition tournament hosted by IU East at the Delaware Country Club in August.
“Mike played great, getting his second consecutive tournament victory, but it’s bittersweet when the team isn’t where we should be,” Bishop said.
The RedHawks will close out their fall slate of action on Monday and Tuesday when they compete in the NAIA Fall Preview in Silvis, Ill. The tournament, which is held at TPC Deer Run, features 20 of the top NAIA programs in the country.
Ready to pounce: The Purdue Northwest basketball programs will be back on the court next Thursday when the Pride host the fifth annual Late Night Madness event at the Hammond Campus Fitness and Recreation center.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams will be unveiled for the 2017-18 season and the two squads will take part in a 3-point shooting and dunk contest. Coaches Matt Bush and Tom Megyesi will be present and the school will be giving away prizes throughout the evening.
Both teams open their seasons on Friday, Nov. 10 as the women head to Rolla, Mo. for the Lady Miner Classic and the men will host its Tip-Off Tournament at the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Athletics Complex in Westville.
On a good roll: The Calumet College of St. Joseph men’s bowling team opened the season in impressive fashion over the last two weeks. The Crimson Wave took third place out of 20 teams at the Boilermaker Classic to begin the season and then won the 40-team Midwest Collegiate Tournament in Wisconsin last weekend.
Highly touted freshman Petey Vergos led the Crimson Wave with a 222 pin average, good for a top-15 finish in the tournament. The season continues next weekend when CCSJ travels to Indianapolis for the two-day Western Shootout, beginning on Oct. 21.