Both the men’s’ and women’s’ golf teams have high hopes of hitting the fields swinging for their spring season.
Even though last season was commendable, both the team and the coach recognize that there is always room for improvement, specifically by maturing as teams.
“We’re young in terms of experience,” said head coach Richard Warren. “Although we have four seniors, three of them haven’t played a lot of golf. On the girl’s side, we are young also.”
While age can be an important, experience is key all around. With the fall season under their belts, Warren hopes that there will be a visible improvement in the mentality for the upcoming season.
Warren said last fall, the team would go to day one of the tournament and shoot low rounds all day.
Going into day two, their excitement would get the better of them and they would fall short.
“We need to work on how to score, how to handle ourselves on day two, not getting too hyped up. Remain consistent, going into it like it’s day two not day one,” said Warren.
With this idea in mind, Warren is very hopeful and excited at the possibilities for this next season.
As spring approaches, so does the rain and, according to Warren, a big chance for the players to prove themselves and see how well they do under some not-so-ideal conditions.
“The course always wins,” said Warren. “Even when you shoot a good score, you can always go back and say I missed this putt and that putt, but you never know what kind of break you are going to get.”
Warren said that if they can keep up their consistency from day one to day two in tournaments, the team will be able to surprise a lot of people.
“I think we are a better team than what we’ve shown,” said Warren, “I think we will go into spring with a little more confidence in what we can do. If we do that we will be successful.”
The men’s team finished their fall season by taking seventh place at the Northwest Conference Fall Classics.
Junior Nick Johnson finished the highest for the Boxers, shooting 85 in the second round of 18.
Overall, the team ended the tournament with a score of 664.
The women’s team ended their season by taking ninth place in the Northwest Conference Fall Classic. Junior Madeleine Ottosson led the team by shooting 84 in the final round. She also finished ninth.
The men’s and women’s golf teams will open their seasons at the Pacific Spring Tune-Up March 23 in Banks, Ore.
Both teams will compete in five tournaments to finish up their spring seasons.