With the men’s golf team beating its competitors by a 21-stroke victory, the women’s golf team hopes to do the same this week during the UMHB Spring Invitational tournament.
The men’s team has won this home tournament three years running and is starting off the spring season strong. Players have set high goals for themselves and hope to accomplish them before the ASC Championship tournament in April.
Men’s golf Coach Aaron Rodeffer said, “Our expectations are to win the conference tournament for the third time in four years and to compete in every invitational tournament we play this spring.”
Rodeffer realizes that the cohesiveness between the golfers and the mixture of mature players and young talent are just a couple of the team’s strengths this spring.
Sophomore accounting major Ryan Berry also sees the team’s has a strong chemistry and believes it will help them be successful. Berry took second place at the UMHB Spring Invitational, helping him earn the title of ASC Men’s Golfer of the Week in February.
The men will play in three more tournaments before the championship and hope to make it to Nationals in May. March 14-15 the team will travel to Blanco, Texas, to play in the Texas Lutheran Invitational tournament.
“I would compare the tournaments we are playing now to quizzes in class and the conference tournament as the exam,” Berry said. “If you are consistent with your quizzes, then the exam should come easily, but hard work is a must in order to succeed.”
The same goes for the Lady Cru golf team. The players set high expectations early on in the season and are already looking toward winning conference and going to nationals.
Women’s Coach Darla Kirby said, “We set our goals very high. It is easy to meet minimal goals, but if you settle for the utmost goal of winning a national championship, you are going to work very hard.”
The women won two tournaments in the fall and hope to achieve at least that and more this spring. Kirby sees that the women are huge competitors, and she knows they work hard until the very end.
Freshman finance and accounting major Kelly Gonyea won an individual title last season at the Schreiner University Fall Classic and is already looking forward to nationals this season.
She believes that the women can, “hit the ball pretty far, and that our bad days aren’t as bad as most other schools.”
The team is also young with five freshmen and two sophomores, but they do have one senior, Allison Williams.
Kirby said, “She has worked really hard to improve her game, and I expect her to do great things in the spring. She is a great leader, and hopefully we can help win a conference championship for her before she leaves.”
Both teams will travel to California at the end of March for invitational tournaments. For this competition, they will compete against teams outside of the ASC conference.
“We are the only sport that takes on multiple opponents in the same contest,” Rodeffer said. “Every other sport gets to battle one opponent at a certain time.”