The Crusader men’s golf team has hit the green this season, and with only one tournament remaining in their fall schedule, they are looking to maintain success. The team placed fourth and second in their first two tournaments of the season. The Cru also placed second in their latest contest at the Al Jones Memorial Tournament, and fell 18-strokes behind to host team U.T.-Tyler.
Head Men’s Golf Coach Aaron Rodeffer talks about the team’s goals this year.
“We just finished competing at the U.T.-Tyler tournament and we know we have to do something special to beat them, but our main goal is to compete, have a chance to win conference, and get back to the National Championship Tournament,” he said.
Junior accounting major Robby Schimmels won the individual title at the Al Jones Memorial Tournament in a scorecard playoff with U.T.-Tyler’s John Dukes. Schimmels was named UMHB Athlete of the Week and ASC Golfer of the Week due to his accomplishments.
The team will depend on its strengths and relationships they have built with each other in order to be successful this season.
Schimmels talks about the team’s strengths.
“Our team strengths are being young and hungry to win. People think that being young is a bad thing, but I think it is a great thing because we are going to give it our all. If we don’t make it, then we will all be together again next year. We aren’t afraid to lose and that’s a big key to being successful,” he said.
Another strength is the team’s depth throughout the roster.
Senior business finance major Matt Day talks about the depth.
“We have twelve guys on the team and all of us are capable of shooting a low number. With so many good players on the team, it constantly pushes us to play better because everyone has a chance to qualify for the tournaments,” he said.
Junior exercise sports science major Justin Judkins agrees.
“We don’t have a “best 5,” we are all really good down to our twelfth man,” he said.
The team’s relationship with each other on and off the field will also help the Crusaders this year.
Judkins talks about the team as a family.
“We are like brothers. It’s not like any other friends that we have on campus. We all have each other’s back no matter what,” he said.
Schimmels also talks about the team’s relationship.
“The team’s chemistry is great, we are all friends on and off the course and we all trust each other when we are golfing. If one guy isn’t playing very well, we all have confidence that one of the guys on the team will pick him up,” he said.
In the Oct 3. Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Coaches Poll, the Cru received 46 points from their recent success. The team has the 27th highest point total in the country in Division III play.
The team will tee off into its final tournament of the fall semester on Oct. 22-23. The Cru will head to River Crossing Golf Course in Spring Branch, Texas to play the Alamo City Classic.