Golf seasons tee off
By Leif Johnston
The spring season for the men and women’s golf teams began this week. The men will be traveling to Kerrville to compete in the Schreiner Spring Shootout, while the women will be making the short trip down the road to play in the UMHB Spring Classic in Killeen.
Both teams are setting the bar high this year and playing to their strong points.
“Our biggest strength is the bond we have as a team. We all have each other’s back and always push one another to be the best we can,” junior exercise and sport science major Justin Judkins said.
The men had a successful fall season, but had a few mishaps toward the end of a couple of tournaments. They are looking to reverse that trend and believe that this spring season will be their time to do it.
“Our expectation is to stop being on the door step. We had a good fall and finished no worse than fourth in a lot of good tournaments,” head men’s golf coach Aaron Rodeffer said.
The desire to win is a comom theme.
“Probably our strongest strength that can sometimes be a double edge sword is that they want it so bad. It can sometimes get in the way of just being an athlete and going out there and playing their game,” Rodeffer said.
The Schreiner Spring Shootout will bring in competition that will give The Cru a look at what they will be facing this spring.
“We have just been knocking on the door, and I think we are just going to break through this spring,” Rodeffer said.
The lady Cru tasted success last fall and only look to add to that this spring. A relatively young roster has shown that age doesn’t matter.
“The girls played really well at the national preview where they played against the number one team in the nation and beat them. So we are taking momentum from that and hoping to win another conference championship and compete for a national championship,” head women’s golf coach Darla Kirby said.
The lady Cru have created a unique bond in what is usually considered an individual sport. They believe it is important to play for each other.
“The biggest strength for our team this season is the new philosophy we’ve adopted. We play for each other out on the course, and it has really improved our scores,” sophomore nursing major Taylor O’Rear said.
The team has broken its fair share of records, but players aren’t content with what they have accomplished just yet.
Kirby said, “They have set their sights on breaking the records that we have established in the past. They have done that this year. Now they want to break their own records.”