The Hawks are back on the links
The Hawks golf team hopes to bounce back this spring after a rather disappointing fall season. The Hawks finished in the bottom two spots in all three of the tournaments they played in. With that being said there was lots of work to be done over the offseason in order to get ready for the spring season.
“As a team we were highly disappointed in our fall season and hope to have a higher finish within the conference this spring,” Ryan Bollinger, sophomore, said.
The Hawks are bringing a much younger team out on the course in comparison to the past couple of seasons. The Hawks are also being helped out by some talented transfers that anticipated to help out the team in a big way this year.
“The golf team has changed a lot from last year. We lost a lot of our travelers but we almost gained a lot of good talent. For the most part we’re a young team with everyone that went to the last tournament having at least two years of eligibility left. It’s a bit of a learning experience as we haven’t been very competitive as of the past couple years, but we’ve got good pieces to be competitive with some teams in the conference that we haven’t had success against recently,” Ryan Kruse, sophomore, said.
The upperclassmen on the team have faith in the young talented freshman, sophomores and transfers to help the Hawks finish high in the conference. Despite the difficulties the Hawks faced in the fall, the team is still very optimistic about the upcoming season and are feeling good about how the team looks rolling into the fall.
“The boys and I are feeling good going into the spring season. We’re all looking forward to a big season with the new additions of four transfers and three freshmen that are already making a positive impact for the program and its outlook,” Patrick Ringwald, junior, said.
The Hawks men’s golf team kicked off the young season at the Tunica Cup hosted by Union University in Tunica, Mississippi on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21, 2023.
The tournament recap shows the results for the men in which they placed 7th out of 10 teams. The Hawks shot a total of 983 on a 54 hole total. They were led by Ryan Kruse who placed 33rd with a 243, followed by Jack Weis who was tied for 34th with a 245 in the tournament. David Hutson came in at 38th only one shot behind Weiss with a 246.
“I think we made a lot of improvements as a team over the course of the offseason. It’s still not quite all together but we’re getting there slowly but surely. I liked what I saw in Tunica and I just hope we can build off that and keep getting better,” Kyle Bovee, senior, said.
The Hawks are setting the bar high for themselves this year and are looking to make a run at a conference title.