Men’s golf looks to capitalize on potential
February 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of Dan Nolan
As winter practice begins for the golf team, the players are now focusing in on their goals for the season and what they need to do to achieve them. Head Coach Schweer felt the team underperformed in fall, and the team has been using Schweer’s words as motivation to excel this spring.
“We need to realize that we have enough talent to win, we just need to apply it,” said junior Luke Kreiter.
“We returned almost everyone from last year’s team, so we know what it takes to win.”
Monmouth will aim for more consistency this spring and will get an opportunity to send some golfers to Arizona over spring break to better their game. The Scots will participate in an invitational hosted by the Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, Arizona.
“The Arizona invite is a great chance for the team to get a hot start to the season,” said junior Dalton Anderson. “I think it will help the team focus on the goals we have set for ourselves this season.”
The junior contributor was one of seven Scots golfers that were awarded the honor of academic all-conference last season.
Working as a team is essential for Monmouth College and the offseason represents an opportunity for the Scots to build chemistry. The Scots realize the value of offseason workouts and will look to every opportunity they get as another chance to capitalize on a promising season.
“I think the offseason work is important,” said senior Drake Decker. “It allows us to get our bodies back into golf shape, especially in terms of flexibility and balance. It can be difficult during the winter with options being limited for practice.”
For Decker, this being his final season, he looks forward to enjoying it with his team and watching everyone get a little better each and every day.
Decker has been academic all-conference in each of the previous two seasons to pair with his two consecutive All-Conference selections for his performance on the green. As a sophomore, Decker was awarded the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 award, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at each of the NCAA’s 89 recognized championships.
The Scots will receive a spark from newcomers such as freshman Nate Monroe and junior transfer Liam Merritt. Monroe shined this fall for the team, while Merritt provides the Scots with division one experience after coming to Monmouth from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.
The golf team will begin their quest for the conference championship in April. The Scots look to be focused and motivated as the expectations for the spring season continues to grow.