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Returning coach and new freshmen are positive aspect for UNK Women's Golf
Rachael Cochran
Antelope Staff

It’s fall again and time for the UNK golf teams to get back into full swing.

The women’s golf team is without seniors this year, but did add Gretna freshmen Kristen Goldenstein and Arielle Huber from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Huber is the team’s only out-of-state Loper golfer this year. Being young hasn’t slowed down the Lady Lopers before, though. Last year, Sara Whissing from Hastings, a freshman at the time, qualified for post-season play and finished 17th. Now a sophomore, Whissing is joined by two other sophomores and two juniors to complete the roster.

“I am excited for this season. We have some great underclassmen. I am anxious to see how everyone does in our first match. I am ready to get the ball rolling,” Norfolk junior, Thea Baum said.

Another positive aspect for the women’s golf team is the stability of a returning coach. Last year, Chad Lydiatt and wife, Elizabeth, co-head coached the girls as temporary coaches. This past spring, Lydiatt agreed to remain as head coach and Elizabeth agreed to be the assistant coach.

Lydiatt is the golf professional at the Kearney Country Club and played 10 years of professional golf after four years of collegiate golf at the University of Iowa.

On the other hand, men’s head coach, Dick Beechner, stepped down this past July. The men will play this season with interim head coach, Adam Neisius.

Unlike the women’s team, the men’s team roster has five seniors this year including Justin Onken, 2008 Super Regional qualifier. This year’s roster has 17 guys that are all from Nebraska; everyone will play.

The men play their first match at the Augustana Invite in Sioux Falls, S.D. The women’s first match is in Alamosa, Colo. Both teams will play their first conference matches in Colorado this fall.

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