Fall Season Coach's Corner
We started out the fall season with fairly lofty expectations after posting varsity team scores of 299-308 at the opening William Woods Summer Shootout tournament. Disappointing, however, were back-to-back 54-hole tournaments hosted by Evangel and Lindenwood where the team did not post strong second-round scores.
These tournaments exposed the youth of our team and demonstrated that guys are going to have to work on grinding out 36-hole tournament days and developing better mental and physical toughness. However, the final tournament of the fall 2009 season helps us to feel a lot better about our toughness and ability to grind it out in difficult conditions.
Adam Taylor in particular and the rest of the varsity squad could have very easily folded under the disappointment of dropping from first to fourth after the Ottawa University Tournament opening round when Adam’s first-round score was disqualified for a procedural mistake. The weather conditions were terrible with wet, cold, and windy conditions. However Adam Taylor came back in the second round to shot a 2-over-par 74, freshmen Mason Dick and Andy Sherman stepped up to shoot a pair of 78s, and senior Jared Drummond posted an 80 as the varsity squad shot the low tournament round of 310.
"I was very proud of Adam Taylor for stepping up to the challenge of playing the way we both know he can play in the second round and providing this young team with some very solid and mature leadership on and off the golf course. And I was thrilled for senior Zack Rockey that he could lead the JV team with scores of 75-78 and earn third place individual medalist honors for the tournament. Freshman Mason Dick also placed in the top five individually with his rounds of 77-78. This is a good way to move into the 'between-seasons' as we concentrate on academic obligations and between-seasons conditioning,” coach Karen Exon said.