Grace College launched its women’s golf program in 2015, which means the Lancers’ record books include many of the same names throughout.
Among them is Lucy Young, who looks set to be on these same pages far in the future.
The former Center Grove golfer, a mainstay in Grace’s starting roster since she set foot on campus in the summer of 2019, has enjoyed all facets of the college experience.
” It was great. My coach (Denny Duncan) is awesome and I’m close to all my teammates,” said Young, now a senior. “I think it’s been a really good environment for me. The community is very close here, and I noticed that everyone is watching over you and making sure you are well.
It was actually another former Trojan golfer, Sydney Abbott, produced from Center Grove in 2016, who sold Young on Grace College the many positive attributes.
The two became teammates with Lancer during the fall and spring golf seasons during one school year (2019-2020) – a year in which history was made as Grace won the National Championships in the NCCAA in Palm Coast, Florida.
Young placed third individually at this tournament, scoring 76, 80 and 82 to earn All-America honors.
Talk about a first impression.
Since then, Young has hit virtually every foundation in her golf career since being named an NAIA Athlete-Scholar for the past two years, earning numerous All-Crossroads League honors and scoring six of the best 16 individual rounds. all-time Lancers.
She also has three of Grace’s best 11 totals in two rounds.
As a freshman, Young’s average 18-hole score of 78.38 set a program standard that remains today. His sophomore GPA (79.85) is third on the list.
The Lancers have played in two tournaments this season, with first and second place finishes. Young tied second individually with a 79 at the Trine Invitational and most recently produced scores of 79 and 83 at the Battle of Brookwood in Fort Wayne.
The Lancers are playing today at the Eagle Glen Invitational in Columbia City.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding early in Young’s college career, she is eligible for another year of athletic eligibility if she chooses.
Over the summer, Young interned at KPMG, an accounting firm in downtown Indianapolis. She will start working there full-time after graduating.
“I don’t plan on coming back next year because I’ll already have my master’s after this school year,” said Young, an accounting major who maintains a 3.85 grade point average.
“Right now, I have a master’s class and an introduction to international business class, so I only go to class three days a week. It’s so nice. I like going to the gym, and we also have a nice indoor workout room with a simulator and a putting green.
Duncan, the only coach in Lancers history, led the program on its rapid rise from newcomer to one of the NAIA’s elite.
Young’s presence, talent and personality played a big role.
“She’s amazing. I feel like I’m making this all up, but Lucy has been one of our best players since freshman year,” Duncan said. our record books, and in class, she’s, like, an accounting prodigy.
“Lucy is so nice. When we have recruits on campus, we like to have them stay with Lucy because she makes them feel comfortable. Just a phenomenal kid.