Men’s Golf goes for first in history
Under the new leadership of Aaron Rodeffer, the men’s golf team won three
tournaments last year, including the American Southwest Conference for the
second year in a row.
The Cru came just four strokes short of making the second-day cut at the NCAA Division III National Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The closest the Cru has come to a tournament win in the fall was at the Schreiner Fall Classic, where they finished second. UMHB scored four strokes behind U.T. Tyler. With the fall behind them, the team and their coach alike anticipate the spring tournaments.
Rodeffer said, “I know through the success we have had, we’re just going to continue to build on that.”
This year, the team dynamics have changed. The newcomers outnumber the returning players. However, a significant amount of the team’s success last fall was due to the squad’s five freshmen.
One notable accomplishment came for freshman Ryan Berry, who is ranked first place for par three scoring for the Division III by Golfstat.com.
Freshman Bryce Myburgh from Ballito, South Africa, said his first season was
a period of adjustment.
“I feel I’ve adapted pretty good with the big change and the courses themselves,” Myburgh said.
In addition to new, strong talent, the Cru is led by upperclassmen returning
players such as sophomore Mike McQuaid.
McQuaid averaged 74.78 for four tournaments and nine rounds. The 2009 ASC win his freshman year gave McQuaid a hunger for more wins.
“It definitely motivates you more,” he said. “You want to keep winning those
tournaments (and) definitely keep bringing home the trophies.”
Another team veteran, senior Garrison Nordt, finished the fall with an average 73.86 for three tournaments and seven rounds. Nordt tied for eighth place individually at the UMHB Fall Invitational, leading the Cru men to finish fourth.
Rodeffer said the team looks forward to the spring with expectation.
“The goal this year is to make history to win three conferences in a row, which has never happened.”