The Thunder participated in the 2nd Annual TPC Deere Run Women’s Intercollegiate Invitational held at TPC Deere Run, an award-winning golf course and home of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, on March 28 and 29.
Wheaton finished in 10th place among 15 teams, which included some of the top NAIA and NCAA DIII programs in the country. Junior Madeline Bond led the Thunder with a total score of 168 in two rounds, individually finishing in 25th place.
“I think the best part about playing golf is the camaraderie among competitors,” said Bond. “You start off the round with three complete strangers that you’re trying to beat, but you spend the next six hours with them playing an incredibly frustrating sport and you bond. In the end, you genuinely want them to do well.”
The Wheaton women’s golf team has been an encouraging, competitive, Christ-centered and lively group throughout the year. In the process, the team has continually embraced its motto, “Believe, build up and glorify.”
“This helps us to stay centered on God and represent him well to the girls we’re playing with,” explained sophomore golfer Kylie Monson.
She continued to describe some of the team’s entertaining traditions, recalling “getting gummy worms or ‘birdie worms’ every time we get a birdie, team sing-alongs on the bus, an Arizona spring break trip and maintaining the reputation as the mentally toughest and physically weakest team on campus.”
Bond also had high praise for her team. “My favorite part about my team is how well we get along. We all have completely different personalities and even though it’s a very small team and we spend a lot of time together, we all get along and are never short on laughs.”
The Thunder will be back in action on April 8 in Angola, Ind. for the Trine University Spring Classic.