The men’s golf team tied for first today at the St. Joseph Country Club tournament, leaving both the coaches and the players hungry for more.
The tournament took a turn when the October winds began to blow across the Country Club, leaving the men’s golf team stuck in their winter gear. The team persevered the cold, but felt like Jack Frost froze some of the scores that could have came across their board. The winter gear hindered some movement in the players, making it difficult to follow through with their more extreme shots and altering their accuracy.
Ryan Hand is the assistant coach for the golf teams and left the green hungry when they tied for first. Hand is ready and prepared for the next upcoming tournament and excited to see the fruits of him and his teams labors.
Despite the cold, the men’s team scored high with scores of 294, 298 and 286.
At the Country Club, the men’s team faced off against 21 different teams, and are for the playoffs after their first place victory.
Hand would speak about what the most important thing he saw at this tournament.
“One highlight is getting into the club house and being done and realizing that we actually tied first and we were going into the playoffs,” Hand said. “That would probably be the highlight of the week, was the finish”
Hand’s plan for the rest of the season is to, finish strong, and try and get into a good spot for next spring when the season starts back up.
“We’re still hungry and were still trying to figure it out and keep playing good,” Hand said.
Sophomore Patrick McCarthy is a member of the men’s golf team and was just as eager as Hand to head into the playoffs. McCarthy was also extremely excited for his team’s finish.
“I think some of us were more excited and eager than others but I think overall we were all excited for the opportunity,” McCarthy said.
Pushing through the cold, the men’s golf team will be traveling to Topeka, Kansas to face off in their last tournament of the fall. Both the coaches and the players are very excited to follow through on both their swings and their season, fighting both the teams and nature at Washburn University. “I want to finish the season off really strong”, Hand said. Hand was very excited for this upcoming meet, and is hoping for only improvement in his teams, leading both men and women off to what they hope to be a strong ending.