The men’s golf team is starting their season off strong, finishing fourth at the Brevard Invitational in Melbourne, FL.
This was their first time back on the course since the fall season, where they finished top five in three out of the four tournaments.
“Any time you have a top five finish it’s a good achievement. There wasn’t a particularly strong field but it is an optimistic start to what is the business end of our year,” said senior Patrick Fereday.
The Spartans finished off the Brevard Invitational with a total score of 918 (+54), while Webber International won first place by shooting an 897. The invitational was the first of six tournaments scheduled for the current spring season.The team’s excited response to the top five finish, on top of their drive to continue to improve, seems to be unanimous.
When asked about their reaction to the team’s performance at Brevard, freshman Gray Barnes and junior Zach Schuster both shared goals to work hard where there is room for improvement and further the team’s success throughout the rest of the season.
Barnes shot a 226 at Brevard, tying fellow Spartan junior Jason Steele, for tenth place overall.
The beginning of this season has not been without its setbacks.
“We are facing some speed bumps with minor injuries, but we still have a lot of time this season to put the pieces together and start finishing closer to the top of the leaderboard in these upcoming events,” Barnes said.
The men’s golf team is eager to work hard and keep this streak going. They are setting their goals high and putting in the effort to meet them. “If we finish top five in our next events that would be a terrific set of results,” Fereday said.
The team is obviously ready put in the work on and off the course. They will next compete at the Webber International Invitational, where last October they not only placed top five, but walked away with first place.
Schuster shot 215 (+2), placing second overall, and Steele placed third overall with a score of 216. This upcoming invitational will be played at Lake Wales Country Club instead of River Greens Golf Course, where the October invitational was held.
The Spartans are focused on the busy season ahead of them. After playing at the Webber International Invitational, they will be going to Sebring, FL for the Warner Invitational to kick off March.
When it comes to how to continue their success throughout the season Schuster said, “I believe that mental focus and positivity on and off the course are things that go a long way when only a few strokes can mean winning or losing.”
When asked the same question, Steele added “We need to remain focused for the whole round even if we think our individual round might not count, it still could.
If we can keep our bad rounds from getting out of control, we should keep improving as a team.”
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