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ISSUE 116 VOL 1 PUBLISHED 9/13/2002

By Mike Cassano
Sports Editor

Friday, September 13, 2002

The St. Olaf Men’s golf team is starting this 2002 season with high hopes and realistic goals. Coming off a rebuilding season in 2001, the Oles look to move up in the ranks of the MIAC and gain valuable experience.

Under the new leadership of first year coach, Matt McDonald, the Oles should be more organized and improve their scores. McDonald also doubles as the Oles baseball coach and is excited to be heading up the golf team. “ “ eading the Oles this year will be the two captains Junior Brant Uthus and Senior Eric Polzin. Both golfers had strong seasons last year and are looking to improve this year. “This year is going to be a transition year for us,” said Polzin. “We’ve got a new coach and a new attitude. Guys are more concerned about how they score this year and coach Mcdonald is bring a winning attitude to the program.”

Another Ole looking for a strong season is Sophomore Pat Gilles. Gilles, who finished first at this year’s tryouts, seems to be peaking for this fall season. “I had a bad fall last year as a freshman, but I picked things up in the spring,” said Gilles. “I am looking to continue where I left off in the spring and help our team in whatever way possible.”

Gilles must divided his time between school, golf, and his other passion, playing hockey. Gilles is a center icemen for the Oles in the winter season. “It’s hard to keep your focus with so many things going on,” said Gilles. “With preseason starting soon for hockey every day I have to have a plan on what I need to do.” Just this past Tuesday the Oles got off to a hot start, placing second at the Augsburg Tournament. “It was a good tune up for the team,” said Gilles. “It was good to finally get out there and swing the wrenches in a competitive atmosphere.” The team has been practicing over the past few weeks here at Northfield. “Practice is nice,” said Gilles. It gives us a chance to figure out the little things we need to work on. Coach McDonald really does a great job of coaching and helping our game.” The Oles next match will be the St. Johns Invite, September 14-15, held at Wapicada Country Club. The Oles will square off against the other 15 teams in hope of bringing ole golf back to its dominant days of the late 80’s.

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