Grizzlies earn fourth place at conference; Sharp, French earn all-conference titles 

By Taylor Wooten

Junior Gabi Sharp and sophomore Maci French made history for Franklin College Women’s Golf.

They were the first All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament top ten finishes since 2015. French had the high- est finish of any Franklin College women’s golfer since 2012. 

While the conference tournament went well for the pair, who finished in a tie for second (French) and in sixth place (Sharp), Roger Lundy, head women’s golf coach, said the efforts of the entire team are what made the season great for the Grizzlies. 

Lundy said that while these two got the awards, they wouldn’t be there without their teammates. 

“Everything is based on their team, and it’s based on the four players that didn’t get to go play [at the HCAC Tournament],” he said. “You know, those four players still had to prepare like they were going to play in the tournament.” 

The Grizzlies tied for fourth place with Hanover out of nine conference teams. This showed growth from the 2018 results, where they finished seventh. 

“The team’s biggest challenge, I think, was getting over the fact that we were playing with really good teams and that would get to their heads,” French said. 

Of the success of the team, Lundy said, “I didn’t have anything to do with it. I encourage them, bring them snacks, water. Drive the van there.” 

Lundy said that his golfers’ individual goals are what drove them to their fourth- place finish. 

“They’re good players,” Lundy said. “They do what they’re supposed to do. And our sport is one of those sports where if you believe in what you’re doing, you’re proba- bly going to do pretty good in it.”

The tournament was the first HCAC tournament for the all-conference pair, who both transferred to Franklin College from previous schools. 

“We both were transfers, so to come here and make all-conference, and to do that for the first time since 2015, or me have the highest placing since 2012 was really rewarding because it’s stuff I didn’t know ‘til after the fact,” said French, who went to Indiana University for her freshman year. “So, it’s just the cherry on top of everything.” 

Sharp, who transferred from Regis University in Denver, also expressed content with the outcome of the season. 

“I’m pretty proud of us as a team and happy with how I did on my own,” Sharp said. “But I really see potential with us.” 

Lundy emphasized the importance of golf beyond the results and stats. 

“There’s a lot bigger things in life than hitting a stupid little white ball into a hole,” Lundy said. “A lot bigger things that happen that are far more important. But the one thing that brings us all together is that silly game called golf. And I’m happy, I love these guys. They’re like my kids, they’re like my daughters. I have a lot of daughters.” 

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