UWF Men’s Golf Alumni Aim for Professional Success

first_img Former Argonaut Matthew Galloway (’08) has competed at the PGA TOUR Q-School Share UWF Men’s Golf Alumni Aim for Professional Successcenter_img The University of West Florida men’s golf team has seen much success throughout its program’s history. The team has been awarded top honors by the Gulf South Conference including players of the year, coaches of the year, All-GSC first and second team selections and academic honors. The golf team’s accomplishments have lead to many successful careers for the alumni of the program.Today, many of the men’s golf alumni are involved in nationwide golf tours, including David Lingmerth. During his golf career at West Florida, Lingmerth was a part of the All-GSC first team and he was awarded the 2007 GSC Freshman of the Year and named to the Division II Ping All-America Team. In his season at UWF, the golf team won three team titles, including their eighth GSC championship.When Lingmerth ended his golf career at UWF, his 72.13 scoring average was third in the region, sixth in the nation and tied for the second-best average in school history.  During the 2007 season, he shot a 212 to finish tied for third at the GSC Championships. Lingmerth’s 11 rounds of par or better were also ninth-most in school history.  David is currently competing in the PGA Nationwide TOUR and working on a marketing degree.The biggest highlight in the men’s golf program occurred in 2008 when the team won the NCAA Division II National Championship. Matthew Galloway was a successful member of the golf team when the championship was clinched. During the 2007-08 season, Galloway had a 72.38 stroke average and a tournament victory at the Matlock Collegiate Classic. He earned eight top-ten finishes and finished the season ranked No.99 in the GolfStat Cup rankings. Throughout his college career, he was named to the All-GSC first team three times, and he was a two-time GSC Individual Medalist and a two-time GSC All-Academic team selection.“By far the greatest thing I took away from my career at UWF was learning how to play, learning how to score and most importantly learning how to win,” said Galloway.After a thriving college golf career, Galloway turned professional at the end of 2008 at the PGA TOUR Q-School. He has been playing assorted Mini Tours and Monday Qualifiers around the country.“My biggest goal is to become a better golfer,” said Galloway. “I want to be able to look back at the end of the year and know I have gotten better.”Head coach Steve Fell has been able to work with many athletes and create lasting memories. One of his fondest memories occurred when Kevin Warrick played in the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, NY.“He was the low amateur and only amateur to make the cut,” said Fell. “It was a very memorable experience for me to watch him compete in a major championship.”Warrick was as a two-time All-American Scholar in 2002 and 2003. Warrick also won the 2002 GSC Commissioner’s Trophy.The West Florida men’s golf team is back in action on April 4-5 at the Buccaneer Invitational hosted by Barry in Miami Shores, Fla.  The Buccaneer Invitational is the last scheduled tournament before the GSC Championships takes place in Hot Springs, Ark on April 18-19.Print Friendly Versionlast_img