Golf gets down to business

The Missouri golf teams show business students how to improve their games.
Saturday, May 3, 2008 | 8:18 p.m. CDT; updated 7:22 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Assistant coach Mindy Bullard watches Michelle Wright, an MU sophomore, practice her swing during Saturday's training.

COLUMBIA — Missouri sophomore business student Sally McVey says everything she knows about golf she learned from the Nintendo Wii gaming console and the film “Happy Gilmore”.

But out on the course, tag-team instruction from Adam Sandler and the Wii doesn’t get a golfer off the first tee.

But after a day out at Perche Creek Golf Center with the MU golf teams, McVey said she felt ready to take her game out on the course.

Saturday, McVey and a handful of other MU business students got some real-life, hands-on help from members of both the men’s and women’s teams. The clinic, organized by MU College of Business student council member Laura Eisenbeis, was held to address an issue that came up during the fall semester.

“The business school puts on a golf-networking event every fall,” Eisenbeis said. “And I talked to several people who said they wouldn’t be taking part because they really felt intimated by going out and doing something they have no idea about with people that could affect their careers.”

Business students were able to get one-on-one interaction with the golfers and, for McVey, the private lesson was enlightening.

“When the ball goes right, it’s called a slice or a fade,” MU golfer Lindsey Haupt explained. “And when it goes left, it’s a hook or a draw.”

“Oh, Wii golf makes so much more sense now!” McVey squealed.

A golf-rules lesson on campus Tuesday, followed by a Q-and-A session with the MU golfers afterward helped educate the students on terminology and etiquette. However, only a dedicated few braved the blustery chill Saturday morning.

Just days before the MU women’s team travels to Athens, Ga. for the NCAA East Regional, the golfers were able to relax and enjoy golf in a more informal setting, free from the pressure that comes with Division I golf.

“Don’t let (MU athletic director) Mike Alden catch you in that,” head coach Stephanie Priesmeyer jokingly warned freshman Kelsey Meyer, who showed up at the chilly morning clinic sporting a Saint Louis University sweatshirt.

“It was all I had,” Meyer said.

Later, when McVey connected solidly on an iron shot that sailed at the 100-yard marker, her instructor, redshirt freshman Lindsey Haupt couldn’t help herself and unleashed a celebratory dance in honor of her pupil’s accomplishment.

“Lindsey, what would it take for you to do that dance every time I hit a nice shot?” Meyer asked.

For the business students, the event gave them a chance to learn more about a game that could prove extremely valuable once they enter a career in the business world.

“It’s really just another thing that can help these students,” Priesmeyer said. “I’ve talked to past students who come back from a job interview and are like, ‘All they wanted to talk about was golf,’ and if these kids know how to play and talk golf, it’s only going to help them down the road.”


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