UMHB men and women’s golf teams finish strong by placing first, second, third, and fourth in their fall tournaments.
Sophomore physical therapy major Alex Taylor is optimistic about this year.
“I really think the team will have a good shot at the conference championship and be able to go to Nationals in Florida.” he said.
Women’s golf started out strong by winning first place in their starting tournament. After struggling during the first round, the Lady Cru brought their game back by the second round leading them to victory. Since then they have competed well and have been able to make the top four in other tournaments.
Head coach for the women, Darla Kirby said, “At this point, we’re definitely doing better than last year. All the freshmen have played exceptionally well, the sophomores are maturing in their skills, and the only senior on the team Allison Williams essentially leads the team.”
The men’s team had a strong showing at the Texas Lutheran University Tournament with second and third place finishes.
Sophomore communication and Spanish major Spencer Turner expressed how well the team works together.
“We’re all very competitive, so we feed off each other. Everyone gets along and we grow together as a team.”
Each has its own way of getting ready for tournaments and qualifying.
Taylor said “On Monday, Wednesday, Fridays we just have normal practice where we will rotate to different stations that concentrate on chipping, putting, approach shots and long game. On Tuesday and Thursdays we will usually play 18 holes for qualifying, Cru games, or just to practice and get to know the holes better.”
Turner said that the men’s team practices “Monday, Wednesday, Friday playing 18 holes a day trying to qualify. We see who makes the traveling squad which is the top five players based on scores, wherever the tournament may be. Tuesday and Thursday is short day practice, putting and hitting. When you practice, it’s all about you, the little golf ball, playing against old man par.”
If the men’s golf team wins their conference, they go to nationals. They placed second place last year but are expected to go further this year.
Kirby said, “I’m excited about this last tournament. Everyone is going even if they’re not in the top five.”