Both men’s and women’s teams are coming off a solid fall season and looking to dominate in the spring
With the spring season quickly approaching, the Ursinus men’s golf team is looking to head into play with a strong mentality. The Bears did not have a particularly strong season this past fall, but the team hopes to turn things around and move up the leaderboards.
Out of the five invitational and classics the Bears participated in last fall season, their highest finish as a team was fifth place. This occurred twice, at the Swarthmore-Neumann Invitational and the Ursinus Fall Invitational.
The Bears are returning a solid group of golfers this spring. These players include First-year students Ryan Hodgdon, Brian Barrett and Jack Bagnell. Also returning are the two sophomores Bennett Collins and Noah Steiner; the three juniors Ryan Crawford, Max Schwartz, and Matthew Sherman; and senior captain Anthony Barbine.
“Things are looking quite well for the spring as we have many good freshmen who are ready to prove themselves on the course,” said Barbine.“ Also, we have seasoned upperclassmen who have proven themselves in the past, and are ready to begin tournament play with a bang.”
When asked if what he thought about how the spring season was going to play out, Barbine said he expected a higher level of competition.
“The spring semester is a lot more intense then the fall golf season,” he said. “This is when actual tournament play begins, where coaches are only able to have limited contact with their players, and players try to physically and mentally prepare themselves for the conference championships at the end of April.”
Barbine also said a training trip is planned to help build team chemistry and improve their skill sets.
“The spring golf season starts with a major bonding experience: our yearly trip to Pinehurst, North Carolina,” he said. “[There], we play a multitude of expertly-designed and extremely challenging courses, while relaxing with the entire team.”
The men’s golf team is set to take on spring play with confidence and winning attitudes as they begin practicing for the several tournament matches waiting for them.
After a very strong fall season, the women’s golf team hopes to continue putting up strong numbers as they enter their spring season.
In each one of their invitationals and classics, the Bears never finished below fourth place. They finished third of eight in the McDaniel Invitational, first of eight at the Ursinus Invitational, second of five at the Revolutionary Collegiate Classic, and fourth of eight at the Eastern Fall Invitational.
The Bears have a solid group of golfers that have shown promise throughout the fall season. Entering the spring season, the lineup consists of juniors Sarah Thompson and Shelby Bryant, and sophomores Rebecca Chiger, Mattison Leand and Emily McGarrigle. The Bears are led by Coach Wes Hollis, who is in his third year as both the men’s and women’s golf coach.
Junior golfer Sarah Thompson had some positive words to say about the future.
“We are feeling very optimistic about the spring season,” Thompson said. “We had a pretty solid fall season, breaking multiple school records and beating Millersville at our fall invitational. We’re hoping to carry the momentum we had at the end of the fall season into the spring.”
Thompson also explained the differences between playing in the spring and playing in the fall.
“The fall season obviously comes right after summer, which is usually when a golfer’s game is at its peak for the year,” she said. “The spring season comes after a few months of harsh temperatures. We have indoor practices starting in February and play golf in North Carolina during spring break, but this doesn’t compare to the amount of practice and experience we get in the summer,” stated Thompson.
Both the men and women will begin competition later in the semester, but they are both eager to get back on the green.