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Connor Vandewege is really good at golf. He’s also really good at tennis.

In fact, the Lincoln East senior is the current Heartland Athletic Conference champ in both golf and tennis.

His golf coach, Chad Geiger, thinks the two talents feed off each other in making Vandewege a great competitor.

“I know that being a top tennis player in the state since his freshman year has helped him in intense situations on the golf course,” Geiger said. “I think being a highly competitive tennis player has helped him be one of the best golfers in the state.”

Vandewege, who took third in No. 1 singles at state tennis in the fall, is also the returning Lincoln Public Schools golf champion. He obviously knows how to win on the court and on the course.

“I think the thing that tennis and golf have in common,” he said, “is how individual they can be and how much of a mental game they are.”

The key to mental strength in golf, he said, is keeping your focus on the present moment at all times.

“Never let the past couple of holes affect the future,” he said, “and make sure I’m thinking through every shot.”

When he leaves East High, Vandewege will take his golf talents to Nebraska Wesleyan. Family ties are pulling him there.

“Both my parents went there. My sister goes there,” he said. “My mom still works there.

“Being able to play golf at Wesleyan was just a great opportunity, because I was already considering the school for academic reasons.”

Now he is focused on having a strong senior season for the Spartans.

“Connor is a player that is always looking to improve,” Geiger said. “Many times he is seeking me out to see if there is anything in his game or swing that he can improve on.

“I am excited to see what he does this year when he gets a chance to tee it up.”

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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