After varying results at the last two invitationals, the men’s golf team is looking forward to the upcoming 2015 Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Championship. They placed sixth out of eight at North Alabama’s University Golf Classic and 14 out of 17 in Barry’s Buccaneer Invitational.
The North Alabama University Invitational was a three-round event played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. In Alabama, the Spartans shot an overall score of 927, falling behind University of Missouri-St. Louis and Lee University, who both finished with scores of 873.
Notable UT achievements in Alabama were accomplished by juniors Jason Steele and Zach Schuster. Steele, with a score of 223, placed tenth overall. Schuster placed top overall round, carding a 69 in the second round.
The Barry University’s Buccaneer Invitational was a three-round tournament hosted at Normandy Shores Country Club. UT finished with an overall score of 908. Lynn University won, carding an 846, followed by Nova Southeastern with a score of 859.
Spartan top finishers at Barry were again Steele and Schuster, who both carded scores of 223, and finished thirty-second overall. Another notable mention at Barry would be senior Steve Embree, who shot the team best round of 70, and finished with a total score of 229.
When reflecting back on the ending of the regular season, which started in the fall, freshman business management major Gray Barnes said, “In these past couple tournaments our team has been struggling to find a groove. We finished in the bottom 50 percent in both of our last two events, which is definitely below expectation for our team.”
When asked about goals looking forward, “We need to limit our bad rounds. If we can keep our bad rounds from getting out of control we should keep improving as a team,” said Steele.
With sights set on the upcoming SSC Championship, the Spartans are busy preparing and making adjustments, according to senior Patrick Fereday.
“The best thing for us to do is get out on courses and just play and find ways to post good scores… and the guys who are returning next year can spend the summer practicing productively to get in good shape,” said Fereday.
The Spartans hope to finish this rocky season off with a victory before turning their attention to summer training and conditioning.
“We look to bounce back and finish the season strong at the SSC Championship. A good finish their would cap off a solid season for us,” said Barnes.
The men’s golf 2015 SSC Championship will be April 12-14 at Red Tail Country Club in Sarasota.
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