Women’s golfer Anci Dy was crowned Great Lakes Valley Conference player of the week for the second consecutive week, according to UIndy Athletics. The Greyhounds ended with a fourth place finish at the Dallas Baptist University Classic earlier this September, the website stated. Dy shot four under par through 54 holes, according to UIndy Athletics.
University of Indianapolis Golf Head Coach Brent Nicoson said that success is not new to the women’s golf team, and neither to Dy, as she took third at the UIndy Invitational, their season opener, a week prior, according to UIndy Athletics. With early found success this season the team is still looking to take that extra step, Nicoson explained.
“We want to go to these tournaments to win but it was a loaded field,” Nicoson said. “With our inexperience, I thought we played pretty well. The fourth place finish and I feel like that was, I would say, a successful trip we learned a lot about the team. So we know we can be really good. Now it’s about how we finish rounds and how we finish tournaments. That tells us kind of what we need to work on in practice moving forward.”
Dy has matured a lot as a player this season, according to Nicoson. While leading the team on the course, Dy said this early season has felt rewarding…
“It feels really validating because I’ve worked really hard the last couple years and I’ve had a lot of great teammates that have done really good things for this program and I’m happy to step into those shoes and kind of show our young people what we can do…” Dy said. “Our first tournaments are really hard so it started off on a good note. It sets me up for a good confidence booster.”
The team dynamic has been very beneficial to the team this year, Coach Nicoson explained. With Dy’s leadership and hard workers across the whole team, the women’s golf team has created an environment for success.
“She’s [Dy] a great leader…” Nicoson stated. “For us as coaches she always does things right but the team this year is really close. They all like each other, I think it’s just her maturity and understanding of what she does, puts her head down and goes to work.”
“And I think we need more of that. I think the others will see that and several of them do as well. But I think just having a person in that number one spot that we know is going to play well. That feeds down to the other girls that she’s just so mature. She works hard. She keeps things simple.”
The DBU Classic was a good test to see where the team is early in the season, Nicoson said. It has also set the team up for future matches, he explained.
“Anytime we have a player playing well like that, it’s gonna push the others right behind them,” according to Nicoson. “Just kind of, it’s kind of a domino effect, but they have to push each other to get better and I think these two tournaments [UIndy Invitational and DBU Classic] have shown them what she can do. Same with her, she has finished these rounds off and she’s winning these tournaments. And so I think it was very beneficial for us. We have a great leader up there and it pushes the others behind her.”Looking to continue their hot streak, the Hounds went to Findlay Ohio on Oct. 2 for the William Beall Fall classic hosted by Findlay University in which they won first place, according to UIndy Athletics.