Experienced men’s golf team looks to have great spring season

Junior Steven Fisk was named to the 2018 Ben Hogan Award Watch List. 

Mikhael Tomlinson

The Georgia Southern men’s golf team look to capitalize on last season’s successes in the 2017-2018 season.

After falling 3-2 in the Sun Belt Championship to rivals Georgia State and finishing tied for 11th in the NCAA Regional Tournament, the Eagles are looking to improve their results from last season.

“One of the main words we were focused on this year was to improve. We wanted to get better in everything we did. As coaches, we wanted to change our process and make it better. We wanted to make practices better, workouts better, we wanted to make the competitive level out here higher,” men’s golf team coach, Carter Collins said.

Thus far, in the 2017-2018 season, the Eagles have improved. Prior to tying 8th at the Gator Invitational February 17-18, the Eagles placed in the top-5 in three out of the previous four tournaments.

In addition to the top-5 placements, the Eagles have claimed a victory at the Auto Trader Collegiate Classic.

The Eagles have a tough remaining four tournaments, prior to entering the Sun Belt tournament, but the Eagles are predicting a different outcome in this year’s tournament because of their depth as a team.

“Compared to last year, we are a lot deeper. We have people who are ready to go. We’re pushing each other in qualifiers and practice, so I feel like that drives us to do better in tournaments,” senior Jake Storey said.

In addition to their depth, the Eagles believe the Sun Belt tournament, as well as the NCAA Regional tournament this year, will yield different results because of their experience.

“Depth, obviously, is the biggest key. But, we’ve got guys who have been there before. We took four of the five starters this year played in regionals last year and played almost every event. So, we know what to expect when we get there and we use that all year to kind of prepare for regionals and nationals. I would say the experience is what will set us apart this year,” senior Archer Price said.

The Eagles feel the improvement in their team overall doesn’t entirely come from skill, but the experience and depth of their current team will be a difference maker in the postseason.

As previously stated, the Eagles have four tournaments remaining prior to entering the Sun Belt tournament: the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational, the Schenkel Invitational, the Hootie at Bulls Bay, and the Gary Koch Invitational.

All four tournaments pose a test for the Eagles, but they are confident they are ready.

“I think we will be well prepared for it. We’ve been to four out of the five tournaments before conference, so it is a good schedule because I think we’ve only added one new event. We have some experience on the courses we are going to, so I feel like that will be extremely beneficial,” junior Steven Fisk said.

The Eagles will play in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational next on March 5-6, 2018 in Aiken, South Carolina.