By Drake Vittitow
With the fall season right around the corner, the Southwestern men’s and women’s golf teams are already hitting the greens to improve their game.
The men’s team finished sixth in conference last season. Returning is every golfer who competed in the conference tournament.
“This year, I am expecting big things from the team,” Daren Reed, biology senior, said. “This is the biggest the team has been in years. To have lots of players with tournament experience helps us very much due to the stress that comes with tournament play.”
The women’s team finished third in the conference championship last year, and every female golfer returns for SC. Abby Bertholf, biochemistry senior, Meagan Brady, business administration senior, Lauren Sieh, communication junior, and Reid Green, religion and philosophy senior, make up the team.
“We have not had any newcomers in over a year and a half,” said Bertholf. “Since we only have four girls, it gives us less wiggle room, but more tournament experience.”
There are no official rankings during the fall season. Every tournament played in the fall is merely competitive practice for SC.
“The coaches around the conference will do an unofficial ranking that is never released,” Tim Jasper, men’s and women’s head coach, said. “The fall is a great opportunity for the newcomers to get acquainted with the courses and team.”
Four newcomers will join the men’s team. Zach Miller, a junior college transfer, is the only one that brings past experience to the Moundbuilder squad.
“Zach received a lot of prior experience at Kansas City Community College,” said Jasper. “The experience he brings will bring immediate contributions to the team.”
The women will tee off the fall season on Sept. 9 in Fort Worth, Texas. Texas Intercollegiate will take place at Hawks Creek Golf Course. The men kick off their season on Sept. 23 in Newton. The Mid-South Classic will be held at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.
“The fall season is a great indicator to see where were at as a team,” Jasper said. “ Both our teams made significant strides over the summer and I am very optimistic that we will improve upon last year’s performances.”
Drake Vittitow is a junior majoring in communication. You may email him at email@example.com.