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Men’s team prepares for fall golf matches

September 9, 2011

The men’s golf team, coming off a disappointing finish to last season, looks to rebound and take home the conference championship this year.

This year marks the first time in three years that the men’s golf team has not gone into a season being the conference champs. The team took second in conference last year to Carrol College, leaving a bad taste in the mouth of senior Ben Olson.

“I was in the final grouping last year in the conference championship tournament and I did not play well on the final day and it really motivated me to work hard this summer and get better,” he said.

Olson is the number one player this year and after losing one player to graduation, Rodney Clayton. Along with Olson, senior Sean McNamara leads the golf team into the coming season. The team also had a big recruiting class this year which includes transfer Jordan Leiber from Carl Sandberg College and nine freshmen.

Different tournaments have different rules involving how many players on a team compete and how many scores are kept but at conference, six players go and the top four scores are kept; it will help the Scots this year being so deep.

“We are probably the deepest golf team we have had since I have been here,” said Olson. “In the last few years we had one or two players carry the team but this year we have ten solid players competing for the top spots.”

Coach Dave Ragone and the team have focused on their accuracy.

“Everyone on the team has our own ball shape, but we need to hit more straight balls,” said Olson. “Staying consistent and taking away one side of the gold course is very important on some of the tougher courses we play at.”

Since the main golf season is in spring, players must prepare for the season during the dead of winter instead of summer. In Illinois this provides a challenge and forces players to practice indoors.

The golf teams are working to add a putting green inside the Huff, though finding funding has been an issue.

The men have two meets this fall. They placed second in one of them and another later this fall. In the spring the season gets going and they will have eight meets, including the coveted conference championship that the team looks to regain.

Jack Donnelly
Contributing Writer

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