Ball State golfer Kelsey Shear hits a shot earlier this season. Sear won the individual title at the Bulldog Florida Invitational March 9-10, and Ball State took home the team title as well. PHOTO PROVIDED BY BALL STATE ATHLETICS
Lindley, Sear lead women's golf recent success
Allison Lindley season statistics
Top-10 finishes: 5
Top-20 finishes: 7
Kelsey Sear season statistics
Top-10 finishes: 4
Top-20 finishes: 5
Ball State women's golf has finished in first or second place in three of its previous four matches, with each of those efforts being led by juniors Allison Lindley and Kelsey Sear.
On April 10, the duo finished second and third, respectively. That was just the latest example of their spring success.
That success is something Lindley said helps motivate her moving forward.
“It definitely does give us confidence,” Lindley said. “It makes me want to keep playing better."
Lindley has the best scoring average for the Cardinals this season. She started off the semester leading the team at the both the Eagle Invitational and Rio Verde Invitational. She shot 9 over par for both events, including a consistent showing at the Eagle Invitational with three straight rounds of 75.
This season, Lindley has acquired five top-10 and seven top-20 finishes — the best on the team. Her highest finish came at the home match at Anderson Country Club with her second-place finish.
Not far behind Lindley is Sear, who boasts four top-10 finishes this season, all coming in the past four matches.
The streak began with her victory at the Bulldog Florida Invitational, where she shot 150 in 36 holes. This was Sear’s second win of her college career. Her first was at the Marian University Spring Classic in 2014.
"It helps knowing that someone else is going to shoot a low number," Lindley said of her teammate. "If I have a bad round I can count on [Sear] to pick me up."
Both golfers believe their consistency this semester increased their competition fighting for the top spot. The two are competitive, but remain comfortable and confident in each other as well.
“Just knowing that if you’re having a decent round, Allison probably is as well, and that’s really going to help the team,” Sear said. “I think it sets a tone for what everybody wants to do for themselves.”
Heading to the Mid-American Conference Championship on April 22-24, the two are confident in what the team can do and look to use their own knowledge and experience to help the team succeed.
It will be familiar territory for them as they travel to Noblesville at the Purgatory Golf Club, a course the team played at last October.
Sear acknowledged that while they may be experienced to the course, it could be susceptible to weather.
"At this point we expect the worst, and hope for the best, you never know what's coming, so you gotta be ready for anything," Sear said.