Women's, men's golf set sights on Nationals
By Emma Cook
Men’s golf has high hopes for its upcoming season. Placing first in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament last year was a huge win for the men’s golf program. Two trips to nationals in the last three years leave these golfers itching for another.
Senior golfer Drew Mossoian knows exactly what the team needs to do to be successful this year.
“The key to the team’s success will be mental toughness. We need to grind it out on the course when things are not going our way and keep our focus through all 18 holes,” said Mossoian.
With another trip to nationals being the ultimate goal, hard work and dedication are common themes.
Nick Corbeil, another senior golfer, would agree.
“We've been to nationals two out of the past three years and it's been a blast both times so we'd love to go back,” said Corbeil. “We've all been working hard this summer on the course and in the weight room so we feel like we're ready to do well this season.”
Mossoian and Corbeil are also on the same page when it comes to team goals for the season.
“Our goals for the season are to win home course advantage for the conference championship in the spring, and then win the conference tournament to go back to the national tournament,” said Mossoian. “We have a young team but we have faith that we can do what we did last year.”
Corbeil’s goals for the team are very similar.
“Winning the conference tournament in the spring is our main goal,” said Corbeil. “Ideally we'd like to win all of the fall events so that we can host the conference tournament, but we know the most important thing is to win the conference tournament in the spring no matter who hosts it.”
This year’s team is looking a lot different than last year. With five influential seniors gone, men’s golf now has six newcomers out of the nine golfers who make up the team.
Head coach, Steve Mato is very confident about the squad.
“Winning the fall conference is our first goal which would give us the right to host the spring tournament. Our ultimate goal is to win the spring tournament and qualify for the national tournament in Daytona, Florida. We have a very young team this year with six freshmen,” said Mato. “They are going to be a big part of our success this year. Also, some of our other key players returning will be our captain Nick Corbeil and fellow senior Drew Mossioan.”
You can follow men’s golf’s success on the Madonna athletics website.
By Emma Cook
Last year, the women’s golf team placed second at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic conference tournament, and second is not something they want to settle for this year.
With a trip to nationals as the ultimate goal, senior golfer Chelsea Collura knows the path her team needs to take to get there.
“Our goals for the season are, to win the conference overall so we are able to host the tournament in the spring,” Collura said. “We also need to win that one tournament in the spring because it decides who goes to nationals. The ultimate goal is to get back to nationals.”
The golf team has also changed up its strategy this year to help it become more successful.
“This year we have added something different,” said Collura. “We have started using a practice log that is completed weekly after the regular scheduled practice times. This is something both coaches put together to help us work as hard as possible. The practice includes all short game specifics that we as a team struggle with. As the saying goes, the more you practice the better you will get, so hopefully we will see the hard work put in at the end.”
Working hard on the course is a reoccurring theme among teammates.
Junior golfer Jordyn Shepler is on the same page as Collura when it comes to team goals.
“The key to our success this season will be how hard we work and how bad we all want to win,” said Shepler. “I know everyone says they want to win but we have won and gone to nationals before and we know how amazing and exciting it is to be here and last year when we got our chance taken away from us at the conference championship it gave us all the motivation to want to practice and work hard to get back to nationals.”
Working together as a team is something that should help contribute to success this year.
“Everyone knows golf is an individual sport but this year we decided to not play against each other but to play for each other and use each other’s successes to push us to be better and to want to be better. Not just for ourselves, but for our team as a whole,” says Shepler.
Team chemistry is also something that makes this team so special, according to Shepler.
“The chemistry throughout the team is great. We didn’t pick up any new recruits this fall season so we didn’t have anyone new to break in which made it easy for us to all fit together easily. Most of us room with a fellow teammate and if we don’t, then we are usually spending most of our time with them. Golf is very time consuming and practices can last up to six hours so we spend a lot of time together.”
Sophomore Natalie Blazo would agree.
“Our team chemistry is great. Spending so much time together on and off the course really helps us work well together and brings us a lot closer.”
The team has had a successful start to fall season. They kicked off at the Crusader Classic in northern Michigan where Junior Holly Laginess took second place with a round of 80 and Collura was right behind her with a score of 81.
They opened the first Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference match with a 10-stroke win.
You can catch the women’s golf team next in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Jamboree Three Sept. 24.