Men’s golf looks to navigate through tough competion

With the semester coming to an end, the men’s golf team has one tournament left on the schedule, the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament. The two-day competition is finishing up today at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin, Texas.

Last season the Cru entered the ASC Championship Tournament as the two seed, but finished the tournament respectively in third place.

The men are again positioned as the two seed this year, but are looking to change this season’s outcome into a tournament win.

Head men’s golf Coach Aaron Rodeffer set the team’s ambitions high from the beginning of the year.

“The goal all season has been to win the conference tournament. There has been an urgency this year, specifically because we have three seniors who have been here and have not won a conference championship yet. It has always been an underlined goal that every young man that goes through our program will experience a conference championship at least once,” he said.

The Cru will depend on their preparations and relationship with one another to help triumph as the American Southwest Conference Champions.

Senior sport management major Bryce Myburgh discussed the team’s preparations for the conference tournament.

“We are focusing on some basic routine practices, but not over-working. We are also making sure that we are all well-rested because of its importance, both physically and mentally,” he said.

Junior exercise sport science major Justin Judkins talked about the team as a family.

“The relationships among the team are very tight. We are like brothers, and help each other on and off the course,” he said.

The famliy type environment the Cru have created has directly lead to their success as a team.

They strive to make each other better no matter  the situation.

Sophomore marketing major Stayton Lindeman agrees.

“Since there are only ten of us on the team, we have become very close with one another on and off the course. We are all very competitive, and I think that this is the cause of most of our success. Golf is both an individual and team sport, and our team has become very good at making decisions that are best for the team over the benefits for themselves,” he said.

In the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll, the Cru were ranked 25th in the country.

Lindeman said, “It’s an awesome feeling to know that our hard work is reflected in our ranking. In saying that, it’s not all that we strive for. Although it is a great accomplishment, it really has no effect on how we play in the next tournament.”

Author: Jake Stamps

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