Wingate’s Golf Team seeks Improvement

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Rodrigo Ugalde, Staff Writer

Both Men’s and Women’s Wingate golf teams are getting ready to face the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) tournament, both with the mindset of getting the big prize: win the tourney.

While both teams had uneven performance at the beginning of the season finishing 14th in their starting competitions of 54 holes each, individual and team rankings have improved.  The men’s team hit 894 at the Cougar Invitations, second highest of the season for them (only behind their performance at the Regional Preview held in Orlando).  The women’s team did not start, as they would have expected, in fact, they had their worst performance of the season at the Ross Resorts Invitational.

However, men’s and women’s agree there has been a significant improvement since then.  “We can see the improvement from the beginning of the season until now.  I think we are working together as a team, as a real team,” senior Henrique Pombo said.  “This being my last season I know I can do better at this level, but hopefully, I can pick it up for theses last two tournaments before the SAC tourney,” Pombo added.

Women’s golf coach, Erin Thorne thinks the progressive improvement relates to the consistency that the younger players have brought to the team.  “Our three freshmen have found their niche in the team, which was just a matter of time.  This spring has been a little more consistent and convincing in placing high in the tournament fields because of this.”

Cristina Cassanella, freshmen from Barcelona, Spain, who “proved [she] that can keep her scores in the mid-seventies” as her coach explained, she is one of the players in charge of this lift in performance, despite her little experience at the collegiate level.

“We had some bad tournaments during this fall that left us with no chances of making it to regionals this year, but the spring has been going well and out scores have improved a lot,” Cassanella said, while looking forward to the last chance they got later on April (10-12) at the SAC tourney.  “We have been working very hard this month and getting some individual victories during spring tournaments, so we really expect to finish with strong scores.”

Cassanella’s best single performance came at the Smokey Mountain Intercollegiate Invitational earlier in the season with a 72 on the second day of the competition.  Being part of the quad on every single tournament, Cassanella admits there is still plenty of room for improvement and “a lot to earn and work on.”

Tyler Stone, senior member of the men’s golf team, who earned the SAC freshmen of the year in 2013 explains the season this way.  “I feel like we just weren’t playing as we did in practice during the first tournaments, and when we played relaxed like in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate, we were such a different team.”

Stone who had an average of 74.6 strokes per round last year and has his best performance at the Lander Bearcat Classic, winning the event with 212. He is eager to keep this run going.  “We have two tournaments prior to the SAC tournament so I have been trying to tell the boys to relax and play simple, as that worked for me.  When you look back at how quickly your college career goes by, you really want to pass down the experience.”

Edited by Brea Childs

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Wingate Professors Reveal Their Ideal Housing Near Campus

Hope Rogers, Staff Writer

In a small town such as Wingate, North Carolina, there is really only one major attraction site, which in this case is the university. When everything is more than ten miles away, it can be hard to find decent housing that fits the needs of young people in the area.

Although students are not permitted to live off campus unless they are living with a relative, are married, or over 23 years old, there are faculty members that face the challenge of finding a suitable living space nearby on their own. To find out what these challenges are, I spoke with some of Wingate’s faculty members to discover where they chose to live and why.

Dr. Wobig from the Political Science department describes his experience with housing in Monroe as “lucky”. He had to move to North Carolina when he was hired in May 2014, but was not able to see the apartment before he moved in because he would have had to fly. He trusted the recommendation of another faculty member who knew of an apartment opening up, and was relieved that the place turned out to be nice.

He has chosen to remain living in Monroe because of its location. “While living in Wingate would be convenient for work, there is nothing to do there of interest to a youthful, single person.  I knew I wanted to be close enough, so that I could drive to Matthews, Ballantyne, or uptown Charlotte to have fun.  I thought pretty hard about moving to Matthews last year but that 45 minute commute was not appealing, and rents are a little higher there.”

Dr. Kumar from the Marketing department moved from Pennsylvania to Ballantyne where he commutes about 45 minutes to the university. He doesn’t mind the drive, because he likes to be closer to uptown Charlotte to have access to different kinds of retail.

One of his favorite attractions, which he calls “Charlotte’s best kept secret”, are the Charlotte Greenways, which consist of well-maintained walking trails around the city. Additionally, Charlotte is a city with a lot of diversity, and Dr. Kumar “wanted to be in an environment to meet people from different places.”

Other faculty members such as Mrs. Baker from the Communications department chose housing in the Weddington/Wesley Chapel area based on school districts for her kids in middle and high school. She moved from California, where she says the housing prices are double what they are in this area.

Although she is not a first-time home buyer, she loves Indian Trail because it offers very affordable housing that is not too far from shopping. “Monroe is the closest housing option but does not attract buyers due to schools, lack of shopping options, and a lackluster downtown.”

Mr. DeLangie from the Sport Sciences department also found his ideal living space based on his family, but it involved some moving around first. He used to commute from Ballantyne, but he says the hour commute was too long. Fortunately, his wife got a job at Wingate which provided free housing for both of them, and he lived close enough to walk to work.

The drawback to living in Wingate then became that it was too far away from everything else. Between the two extremes, Mr. DeLangie and his family finally found a happy medium. “We settled on Indian Trail, a nice balance between Wingate (25 min drive) and Charlotte (~30 min). The main goal for us was to have easy access to 485 since it is so easy to get anywhere else from there. We chose the neighborhood because it had good walking trails, sidewalks, parks for our 2-year-old, and it is safe.”

Based on the professors I talked to, there are a variety of locations they chose to live in for similar reasons. If anything, a small town like Wingate as opposed to a large city where people are more likely to live due to more housing options and convenience, isn’t ideal. Although it may be difficult to find both affordable and decent housing for young adults in the area, at the very least, students can be grateful they are not battling for the same apartments.

Edited By: Brea Childs

Dr. McGee returns for installation ceremony

The retired WU president is serving as interim president of South Piedmont Community College, traveling and doing consulting work. 

By Jenna Turner, staff writer 

Dr. Jerry McGee was back on campus last Thursday for the installation of Dr. Rhett Brown as Wingate University’s 10th President.

When asked about his feelings about being back on campus, Dr. McGee replied “I always love being back on the Wingate University campus. So many dear friends, great memories and the energy of the students make it fun to return.”

McGee believes that Dr. Brown is well prepared to serve as our President and will do everything in his power to move the University to new height. “He well need all of us to work alongside him and help to assure his success” states McGee.

The two presidents meet often and Dr. McGee says he always remembers to encourage Brown to take care of his health; to get rest, eat the right foods, exercise and get away from the stress of his new position.

Since leaving his position at Wingate, Dr. McGee has been enjoying his two sons and their families, writing, consulting, and traveling to places like Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and the Bahamas. He is also currently serving as Interim President of South Piedmont Community College until December of this year.